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Monday, June 9, 2014

Monday Math Literature Volume 46

If you missed last week's post about how I used Ten Flashing Fireflies to work on combinations of 10 with K-1 students, you can check it out here

This week, I want to show you a few old favorites and share a new free favorite app with you as well.  All of these are based around tangrams. I love using tangrams in the classroom and as math has become more and more standards based, I have found ways to incorporate them in other areas of the curriculum as well.  I love how some kids who struggle with other math concepts really excel with geometry tasks.  Tangrams are a must have in every classroom!

Have tangrams but no time to use them?  Check out some of these great resources!

Grandfather Tang's Story

A great way to introduce tangrams! 

A great book for kids to read to themselves!  Use it for guided reading, add it to book boxes, or send it home!

Tangram Tales

A great one for working on reading fluency and having a lot of fun combining literacy and math!

The newest addition to my love of tangrams is a free app called TanZen Lite.  I have used this myself and have used it with students in grades 2-6.  It does have a few advertisements on it but I have not yet felt the need to upgrade to the paid version.  Take a look!

Here are some of the animals and shapes you can choose from!  There are 3 pages like this which gives you 45 different options.

You can build with one, two or three players

You can choose different music, turn hints on and off or go into master's mode

Rotating and moving the pieces is easy to figure out!
Do you know of any other tangram resources I should add to my repertoire?  Please respond in the comments below!

1 comment:

  1. Tangram Tales????? What a fantastic book!!! {added to cart} I've never seen it before!! That would have been PERFECT to go with our end-of-year story writing unit because what did we write?!?: Tangram Stories!!

    Thanks so much for sharing!!
    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes