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Teachers Network: Adaptor Grants: Tantalizing Tangrams

Adapted By:

Long A. Quach

Ms. Quach has been a teacher for over ten years. Ms. Quach has completed a dual major in mathematics and elementary education and has done post graduate work in education.

P.S. 35
Bronx, NY



Modifications

The lessons in this unit were implemented during the month of February--the period in which the Chinese New Year was celebrated. In addition to the (extra) time allotted for exploring and creating shapes/animals, students also applied their logical thinking skills and spatial relationships through chess. Students worked individually and with their peers.

Instructional Objectives

Use logical/spatial relationship skills.

Demonstrate an understanding of mathematics terms (geometry).

Create puzzles of animals based on the 12-animals cycle of the Lunar Calendar.


Technology Integration

Students searched the web for information--history, beliefs,etc.--pertaining to the Chinese New Year. Web sites used included: http://history.com/minisite.do?content_
type=mini_home&mini_id=53324


http://c-c-c.org/chineseculture/zodiac/zodiac.html


http://c-c-c.org/culture-resources

Assessment

Students were assessed through hands-on as well as writing-based activities.

Tips for Teachers

This unit would be excellent for the January/ February period since the Lunar New Year is celebrated during such time. Various objects and/or paper-foldings are readily available and can be obtained to complement the implementation of the unit.


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