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Tangram Teasers

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

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.

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