1.)Read the book Grandfather Tang (this can be skipped if the book is unavaliable).
2.)Pass out the puzzle square and pieces of the tangram (see puzzle square document).
(Grandfather Tang's Animal Puzzle
)This site offers the tangram puzzle as a printable and also offers patterns of the animals built in the book.
3.)Place students randomly into pairs or groups and ask them to try and fit the pieces of the tangram into the square.
4.)Walk the room offering hints to groups that need help.
5.)Students can share with the class how they went about solving the problem using online manipulative tangram pieces.
)This site allows students to manipulate pieces of the tangram.
6.)Display the completed tangram and ask students if this tangram represents the whole, what fractional value would each piece represent (see tangram solved document).
7.)Allow students time to work with their group to determine the value of each piece.
8.)Have groups share with the class the various approaches they used in order to determine the value of each piece.
9.)Allow students to use the pieces of the tangram to create their own picture by tracing the different pieces.
10.)Be sure to encourage students to use pieces more than once or even omit some of the pieces.
11.)Once students have completed their pictures, they should swap papers with a partner and figure out the fractional value of their partners picture.
12.)Remind students that the whole was the completed tangram square.
13.)Have students share with the group how they determined the value of their partners picture.