I have noticed that tangrams don't get much love in maths classrooms. They are seen as trivial and used for end of term activities. I believe there is so much more to explore.

There are lots of places in our curriculum where students need to be able to dissect shapes in different ways.

Area of a Trapezium |

Interior Angles of a Polygon |

If we let children explore different ways of combining shapes, would this help them to find different ways of dividing up shapes later on?

My favourite prompts for tangrams include:

- What shapes can you make with 2 triangles?
- What shapes can you make with 3 triangles?
- How many ways can you make a square?
- What quadrilaterals can't you make with tangram pieces?

## Comments

## Post a Comment