Step 1: Display pieces of geometric visual art. Have students create the shapes they identify using their tangrams. Explore how the elements of shape affect both the outcome of the tangram and the composition of the visual art examples.
Step 2: Read Grandfather Tang’s Story (Ann Tompert). As you read the story, students can try to figure out the next animal by using the clues given in the reading. Have students arrange their tangrams to replicate each image as you read the story.
Step 3: Have students create and draw a new tangram animal. They will then write a new page for the story to introduce their animal, and illustrate this page, including their tangram animal.