"A tangram is a set of seven paper or plastic shapes that the player uses to build shapes that the player uses to build shapes of all kinds. The object is clever construction. It is a fun and clever technique to engage kids and teen tellers and another way to capture the attention of the listener, but also develop the reading and storytelling of the participants. This idea is clever enough to demand the book's purchase and integration into the idea of reading, telling, and doing stories for fun. Highly recommended."
"For elementary and drama teachers of students in grades two through six, as well as teaching artists, De La Casas, an author, storyteller, and teaching artist, brings together tales from around the world that she adapted to incorporate the Tangrams puzzle, meant to combine the teaching of math and language arts. She describes the story theater process and presents 25 stories, with illustrations of Tangrams shapes and reproducible patterns. A puzzle is included with the book.
Corresponding language arts benchmarks are listed."
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Teachers can tell these illustrated folktales from around the world in the classroom as part of a math unit or have the students perform the stories. A reproducible tangram pattern is provided.