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Tantalizing Tangrams

Name: Long A. Quach
School: Public School 35X
Address: 261 East 163rd Street
City: Bronx, NY, 10451
Original Project: Tantalizing Tangrams
Author: Carolyn Hornik
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/ps101/chornik/tangramindex.htm

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: 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.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  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

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: 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

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Students were assessed through hands-on as well as writing -based activities; the activities involved students to work individually and peer-to-peer.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Quach has been an appointed teacher for over ten years for the Department of Education of the City of New York. Ms. Quach has completed a dual major in mathematics and elementary education and has done post graduate work in education.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: 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.

Samples of Student Projects

  Animals (12) from the Chinese calendar with their corresponding characteristic traits.
  Celebration of the Chinese New Year 2007.
  Student's version of the ox for his birth year.


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