November 29, 2017
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by Mia Perez

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Tangrams: An Ancient Chinese Puzzle

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Do you need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Tangram Puzzles pre-lesson.

Students will be able to follow the tangram puzzle rules to use the seven shapes to create a picture.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Explain to students that the Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar.
  • Tell students that this a period of celebrations and festivities as they ring in the new year with wishes of happiness and luck.
  • Explain to students that one way that to celebrate and honor the Chinese New Year is by working with tangrams.
  • Tell students that tangrams are ancient Chinese puzzles that are made from seven different shapes: five triangles, one square, and one parallelogram. These shapes can be moved around to create your own picture, such as an animal, or something you would see in nature, such as a flower.
(10 minutes)
  • Show students the Color a Tangram Template worksheet and model how to cut out each shape.
  • Call on student volunteers to identify each shape and, if necessary, teach about a parallelogram.
  • Project the Easy Tangram Puzzle #5 worksheet onto the board and explain that this is a tangram pattern card.
  • Tell students that the tangram rules are that all seven shapes must be used to make a picture, and the pieces must touch but not overlap.
  • Model for students how to place their shapes onto the Easy Tangram Puzzle #5 worksheet.
(20 minutes)
  • Distribute one copy of the Color a Tangram Template worksheet to each student, and tell students these will be their shapes as they move through the stations and into Independent Work Time
  • Divide students into four groups and assign them to a station.
  • Place a different tangram pattern card at each of the four stations. For example, place the Easy Tangram Puzzle #1 worksheet at station one, the Easy Tangram Puzzle #2 worksheet at station two, the Easy Tangram Puzzle #3 worksheet at station three, and the Easy Tangram Puzzle #4 worksheet at station four. Have a copy of each pattern card for each student to work with independently at their station.
  • Give students time to cut their tangram template at their first station, and tell students to bring their seven shapes with them to each station. (Tip: Encourage students to write their names or initials on the back of each shape.)
  • Rotate the groups through the stations to practice using the four different tangram pattern cards.
  • Come together as a group to discuss students' experiences with the tangrams and to answer any remaining questions.
(15 minutes)
  • Ask students to create a new picture without using a tangram pattern card.
  • Tell students they may create a picture of anything they would like. The only rules are that all seven shapes must be used to make a picture, and the pieces must touch but not overlap.
  • Tell students they may color their tangram shapes.
  • Instruct students to glue down their shapes once they have organized them into their picture and to title their tangram picture.

Support:

  • During Independent Work Time, students may choose either the Easy Tangrams Puzzle #6, Easy Tangrams Puzzle #7, or Easy Tangrams Puzzle #8 worksheets to use a picture pattern instead of creating a tangram from scratch.

Enrichment:

  • Present students with the following tangram challenges:
    • Make a square using only one tangram piece.
    • Make a square using two tangram pieces.
    • Make a square using three tangram pieces.
    • Make a square using four tangram pieces.
    • Make a square using five tangram pieces.
    • Make a square using six tangram pieces.
    • Make a square using all seven tangram pieces.
(5 minutes)
  • Place your tangram shapes on the projector.
  • Create a picture that adheres to the tangram puzzle rules.
  • Ask students to give a thumbs up if your picture looks correct and a thumbs down if your picture looks incorrect.
  • Create a picture that does not adhere to the tangram puzzle rules (e.g. not all seven pieces are used, some of the pieces overlap, and/or some of the pieces do not touch).
  • Ask students to give a thumbs up if your picture looks correct and a thumbs down if your picture looks incorrect.
  • If students give a thumbs down, ask them to explain what is wrong with your picture.
  • Continue this assessment by creating a series of correct and incorrect tangram pictures and asking students to assess whether or not they were created correctly.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to leave their tangram pictures on their desks facing up.
  • Tell students to walk safely around the classroom to look at their classmates' pictures.
  • Ask students to think about what they like about their classmates' tangrams, as well as how their pictures are similar to their own and how they are different.
  • Optional: Play music as your students are walking around observing one another's work.

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