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Tangram puzzles are the focus of this Web Quest for Chapter 8. A tangram
is a geometric puzzle with 7 pieces that can be arranged to create a variety
of different images. The premise of the task is to create signs for a
petting zoo that will show which animals can be found in different animal
pens. Each of the signs will have a tangram picture depicting a different
animal. Your child will also describe the different shapes that make up
a tangram puzzle, as well as estimate and measure their area and perimeter.
- Begin by having your child solve some of the puzzles found at Fwend.
Focus on the easy animal puzzles. Have your child guess what the different
shapes represent. Your child may need help solving some of the puzzles.
Suggest different placements of pieces, as part of the challenge is
being able to explore different piece placement possibilities. You can
also click on SOLVE and then return to the puzzle to try again.
- Once you have worked through the puzzles, have your child print a
copy of the tangram grid at Tangram
- Cut out the tangram pieces. Complete the Tangram
Shapes sheet. Your child should draw each of the shapes, describe
them in a variety of ways and estimate then measure the area and perimeter
of each one.
- Using the tangram pieces, construct 2 different animal puzzles. Your
child will probably find it helpful to refer back to examples found
at the first website.
- Once he or she has completed 2 puzzles, have him or her trace the
animal shape onto a blank piece of paper. Include the name of the animal
and any other information your child thinks is suitable to create 2
petting zoo signs. You may choose to make another copy of the tangram
grid so your child can glue the tangram pieces on their signs instead
of tracing them.
Your child should be familiar with the following vocabulary:
area, perimeter, square centimetre, and tangram.