Grandfather Tang’s Story
Suggested Ages: Grades 1, 2
Submitted by Mrs. Imelda Corpuz-Amano, School Librarian, Manoa Elementary School
Book: Grandfather Tang’s Story by Ann Tompert
- Chat with your child(ren) on what they know about shapes; have them name some shapes and what shapes are used for (building things, for example).
- Walk around the class, house or neighborhood to find shapes and see how they are used.
- Mention that in other countries, shapes are used for telling stories, called Tangrams, for example, in a place called China. Read the story.
Post Reading Activity: Tangram Animal Puzzles
- Colored paper
- OR Tangram Puzzle Sets from Education Works Hawaii $29.99
- Step 1: Have pre-printed & pre-cut tangrams from this website: https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/tangrams OR use Puzzle Sets from Education Works.Have your child(ren) follow you as you fill in the animal shapes with your tangram puzzles.
- As your child gets better with tangrams, have your child make up his/her own stories with tangrams (at most schools, kindergarteners work with pattern blocks).
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The tangram templates were found on https://www.activityvillage.co.uk/tangrams
Go to the website for more templates.