As a relief teacher, I have the luxury of having art as a last lesson a lot! I LOVE art. As a full time classroom teacher, I understand the annoyance of non educational “shhh and colour” colouring pages handed out by relief teachers who have agreed to plan an art lesson. I’m not talking about Zentangles or Maths colouring but normal colouring in pages that aren’t related to the curriculum. I’d rather plan the lesson myself and know that it meets an outcome or is linked to a subject other than art to create a cross connection.
My favourite activity at the moment is tangram art. There are so many designs and things you can do. I give the kids a template. This one http://www.tangram-channel.com/tangrams-to-cut-out/reversible-tangram-free-template/ from tangram-channel.com is great.
Once you’ve given the kids a template to cut out (if they’re older, they might be able to create their own or trace plastic pieces), you’ll need some examples. I’ve found a few resources for you.
These tangram cards from Tangram Channel look great.
These Tangrams & Pattern Cards from Learning Advantage allow you to cCompose various figures with this set of colorfully illustrated pattern cards and tangrams. “At a basic level students can analyze, identify, compare, and sort the different shapes based on their attributes. Beautifully illustrated cards. Included tangram pieces complete the set!”
The five Totally Tangrams books below are my personal favourite of the resources I’ve found for you. Glue & Ink have released three different designs!
Cash strapped and don’t mind black and white? Check out http://www.fun-stuff-to-do.com/tangrams.html for some freebies.
The Activity Village http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/tangrams website have all the info you need to introduce the idea of tangrams to your class and a few sheets to print and copy. I never knew the background story behind tangrams!
Do yourself a favour and check this out – http://www.didatticarte.it/Blog/?p=397&lang=en – THE WORLD MAP!
This peel and stick maths set also looks great. It’s on special for a limited time too.
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