Tangram Tales: Story Theater Using the Ancient Chinese Puzzle

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Targeted for elementary teachers, drama teachers, and teaching artists, Tangram Tales contains adapted tales from around the world appropriate for grades 2 through 6. Teachers can tell the stories in the classroom as part of a math unit, or have the students use the scripts provided here to perform the stories using tangrams. In the author's tangram story theater process, students are given roles as storytellers, tangram artists, and chorus members to create grade-level story presentations. Other tangram methods,...

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Overview

Targeted for elementary teachers, drama teachers, and teaching artists, Tangram Tales contains adapted tales from around the world appropriate for grades 2 through 6. Teachers can tell the stories in the classroom as part of a math unit, or have the students use the scripts provided here to perform the stories using tangrams. In the author's tangram story theater process, students are given roles as storytellers, tangram artists, and chorus members to create grade-level story presentations. Other tangram methods, such as individual student tangram tales and student-created tangram tales, are shared as well. The ways in which tangram tales connect language arts and math is demonstrated. The book includes simple black-and-white spot illustrations for each story, showing the tangram figures that depict the story. A reproducible tangram pattern is provided.

Grades 2-6

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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."

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Teacher Librarian

"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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Reference & Research Book News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586524
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 12/30/2008
  • Pages: 136
  • Sales rank: 1,015,955
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

DIANNE DE LAS CASAS is a professional storyteller and author of four previous books for Libraries Unlimited and Teacher Ideas Press.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Meeting Benchmarks with Tangram Tales

History of Tangrams

The Tangram Tales Story Theater Process

Introduction to Story Theater

Establishing an Environment of Trust

Introducing Tangram Tales Story Theater to Your Students

Group Tangram Tales

Student-Created Tangram Tales

Connecting with the Curriculum

Culminating Event - The Tangram Tales Story Fest (Performance-Based Assessment)

Reproducible Tangram Patterns

Reproducible Tangram Figures

How to Cut a Tangram without a Pattern

Tangram Tales

The Bossy Rooster - Cuba

The Cat and the Rooster - Ukraine

The Goat in the Jalapeno Patch - Mexico

Grandfather Rabbit and the Foolish Fox - Native American

Grandmother Spider - Native American

The Greedy Frog - Australia

Henny Penny - England

The Hodja's Bet - Turkey

The House That Jack Built - Mother Goose

The Fox's Daughter - China

It Could Always Be Worse! - Yiddish

Jack Seeks His Fortune - Ireland

La Cucarachita Martina - Cuba

The Mitten - Ukraine

The Old Woman and Her Pig - England

Rabbit's Turnip - China

Silly Ivan's Salt - Russia

The Stonecutter - Japan

The Three Billy Goats Gruff - Norway

The Tiger and the Rabbit - Korea

The Tiger, the Brahman, and the Jackal - India

Tiger's Tale, Anansi's Stories - West Indies

Too Much Nose - Italy

The Traveling Fox - England

Windbird and the Sun - South Africa

Source Notes

Resources

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