Arts Integration Lesson: Tangram Shape Art

By |2018-08-03T10:05:07+00:00May 22nd, 2015|

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.

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Brianne is a former music educator from Chicago and current graduate class instructor with EdCloset’s Learning Studios. She earned her Masters degree in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music and has over a decade of experience in the elementary general music classroom. With her experience in the performing arts, Brianne is dedicated to building connections between the arts and Common Core Standards, 21st century learning skills, inquiry and project-based learning. In addition to her work with EducationCloset, Brianne is a yoga instructor in the Chicagoland area. You can also find Brianne here:


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