Tangrams and Grandfather Tang's Story

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Mrs Schlachter
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4th - 7th, Homeschool
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Tangrams are a great manipulative to use when teaching fractions or geometry! I introduce the tangrams by reading Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert. Then, I have the students try some of the puzzles and create a puzzle of their own or try to put the tiles back into a square. After a day of play, you can then use the tangrams to teach fractional parts or basic geometric shapes. You can even extend the lesson by giving the smallest triangle a value of $1 and have the students discover the value of the entire set of seven using the idea of fractional parts. This activity comes with 4 tangram puzzles to solve: the water can, a squirt gun, a candle and a house. Don't forget to challenge your students to solve all the other puzzles given in the story!

A great cross-curricular activity!
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6 pages
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1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.


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