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4.4 Developing Geometry Understandings with Tangrams

Math Content:

In this two-part e-example, students choose from eight pre-made outlines and use either seven or fourteen pieces to create images and build basic geometric understandings. The options include the ability to: color, rotate, show hints, time progress, and create your own outlines.

Choose between 7 eEx_4.4 IMAGE 7Pieces and 14 pieces eEx_4.4 IMAGE 14Pieces to fill the outline.

To flip a piece, click on it, and press the flip button: eEx_4.4 IMAGE Flip 

To rotate a piece, hover above a vertex until the rotate indicator appears. Click, hold, and rotate the piece to the desired orientation.

To receive help, click on the question mark; outlines will briefly appear to guide you.

You can display or hide the timer by clicking on the clock.

To reset the work space, click on eEx_4.4 IMAGE Reset.

For finishing touches, choose a color from the palate and click on a piece.eEx_4.4 IMAGE SaveFunction 

To create a custom outline, move the pieces to the desired positions. Then, choose an empty box, and click "Save."

To use the custom outline, choose the puzzle piece, and the tangrams will reset themselves. 

Is it possible to complete all these tasks? Try these tangram challenges with the virtual tangrams:

  • Make a square using only one tangram piece.
  • Make a square using two tangram pieces.
  • Make a square using three tangram pieces.
  • Make a square using four tangram pieces.
  • Make a square using five tangram pieces.
  • Make a square using six tangram pieces.
  • Make a square using all seven tangram pieces.

Which of these figures can you make using all seven tangram pieces?

  • A trapezoid
  • A rectangle that is not a square
  • A parallelogram that is not a square
  • A triangle