Do you know the story behind the tangram? I know that it is a Chinese puzzle about 200 years old. If there is a story about its creation, I would love to share it with my 7th graders. Thanks.
Here is a reply from Diane.
|The only story I know is that a chinese worker was carrying a newly made tile and dropped in on the floor. It broke into those 7 pieces and he tried to restore it to its original shape but had trouble. That's why some teachers always start by having students make their own pieces from a square. I have seen teachers use the first quadrant to dictate to their students the dimensions of the square and various lines.|
|The origins of the tangram puzzle are not known with any certainty, but the idea is thought to have originated in China about 250 years ago.|
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