Tangram Math Puzzles
Elementary AMC December 05, 2012
Today we were finishing up our unit on 2D shapes by working on Tangram puzzles. We use the Math Makes Sense program and the Grade 3 Strategies Toolkit asks students to make a square with different numbers of tans and then to try and create other shapes with various numbers of tans. I like the Strategy Toolkit problems - they really allow the students to explore - but they never give a structure for students to record their findings. This is always a big stumbling block for my grade 3's - how to organize their work and present it in a way that is understandable to anyone else!!!! (Of course their work always makes perfect sense to them). So I made up this to help them record their work. I also included mini tangrams for those students who could not draw their solution but could cut and paste it (I know contradicting my last math post - but what can I say). Here is the recording chart - maybe you can use it in your class too!