Making Tangram Pieces by Folding Paper

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In this math lesson, learners follow step-by-step directions for making tangram pieces out of folded and torn paper. First, learners read "Grandfather Tang's Story" by Ann Tompert. Then, learners explore geometric concepts by folding and tearing paper into tangram pieces. Many concepts are covered, including acute and obtuse angles, congruency, parallel lines, right triangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • "Grandfather Tang's Story" by Ann Tompert
  • One sheet of construction paper
  • Scissors


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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