Overview: Math lesson using tangram shape art, visual art and Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert.

Grandfather Tang and Little Soo are sitting in the backyard one day, playing with their tangram puzzles, and Grandfather Tang weaves a tale of two fairy foxes that change from one animal shape to another. Robert Andrew Parker’s illustrations feature pen and watercolor tangram animal shapes.

The objective of the tangram puzzle is to arrange specific shapes using all seven pieces without overlapping. Additionally, Tangrams are such a great manipulative for spatial reasoning and geometric concepts, and it seems as natural a connection to visual art as any! Grandfather Tang’s Story is a great tool to bring these two contents together.

Download this FREE arts integration lesson below, and enjoy!

GRADES: 3-5

CONTENT STANDARD: CCSS3.G.1

VISUAL ART STANDARD: VA:Cr.1.3.b

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