Tangram Teasers

Introduce students to tangram puzzles by creating designs with squares and triangles.

  • 1.

    Tangrams can help students learn geometric terms and while also investigating spatial relationships. Start them off with an introduction using triangles and squares using colorful Crayola® Color Switchers™ Markers. If this product is not available, Crayola Washable Markers can be substituted.

  • 2.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut out six 4 in. (10.16 cm) squares of white construction paper.

  • 3.

    Create a design using Crayola Washable Markers on each square.

  • 4.

    Use Crayola Scissors to cut out triangles and squares with white construction paper. Vary the sizes of white triangles and squares: ½ in. (1.27 cm), 1 in. (2.54 cm), 2 in. (5.08 cm).

  • 5.

    Arrange the 4 in. (10.16 cm) squares with designs on a piece of Crayola Construction Paper and glue in place.

  • 6.

    Arrange the various white triangles and squares on each of the designed squares.

Standards

  • MATH: Reason with shapes and their attributes.
  • MATH: Analyze, compare, create, and compose shapes.
  • MATH: Generate and analyze patterns.
  • VA: Students will investigate, plan and work through materials and ideas to make works of art and design.
  • VA: Students demonstrate an understanding that creative thinking skills transfer to all aspects of life.

Adaptations

  • Expand the lesson plan to include all seven tangram pieces and have students create a puzzle. Use geometric names to describe each shape: vertices, sides, congruent sides, and congruent angles.
  • Students can research the history of tangrams as it relates to Chinese culture.
  • Students can go online and solve tangram puzzles.
  • Classroom resources include: Grandfather Tang’s Story by Anne Tompert and Tangram Magician by Lisa Campbell Ernst.