Tangram Christmas TreeAccurately construct a tangram puzzle then use it to make a Christmas tree and answer a short quiz. 
You will need a square piece of paper. Thick Christmas wrapping paper is perfect!
Follow the instructions to make a tangram and then use it to create a Christmas tree.
You can decide whether or not overlapping pieces are allowed. Your tree must be symmetrical. 
When you have finished there will be a short quiz about your tangram tree.
Using a pencil and ruler draw a diagonal line from the top right to bottom left corners of your square.
Take your time and be as accurate as possible.
Measure the lengths of a side of your square to the nearest milimetre.
Halve this measurement to find the mid points of the right and bottom sides.
Join these two points with a straingt line.
Place you ruler on the square as if you are going to draw the other diagonal.
Draw the line along your ruler from the top left point of the square until you reach the line you drew in instruction 2.
Draw a line parallel to the line you drew in instruction 2 that passes through the midpoint of the right side of the square as shown in the diagram.
You clould use a set square to help you draw parallel lines.
Draw a line parallel to the bottom of the square as shown to complete the tangram.
Your tangram is now ready to be cot out.
Use your tangram pieces to do the activity called Tangram Table.
Race against your classmates with Tangram Challenge.
You could also try some other Christmaths Activities.
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More Tangram Maths, Transum
Friday, March 16, 2018
"Write down the mathematical shape names for each of the 7 pieces.
Place the pieces in order of size, with the smallest first.
If a tangram puzzle makes an 8cm by 8cm square, what would be the areas of each of the pieces?
What would be the perimeters of each of the pieces?
What are the angles in each of the pieces?"
Henry Ernest Dudeney, Amusements In Mathematics
Friday, March 16, 2018
"The late Mr. Sam Loyd, of New York, who published a small book of very ingenious designs, possessed the manuscripts of the late Mr. Challenor, who made a long and close study of Tangrams. This gentleman, it is said, records that there were originally seven books of Tangrams, compiled in China two thousand years before the Christian era. These books are so rare that, after forty years' residence in the country, he only succeeded in seeing perfect copies of the first and seventh volumes with fragments of the second. Portions of one of the books, printed in gold leaf upon parchment, were found in Peking by an English soldier and sold for three hundred pounds. A few years ago a little book came into my possession, from the library of the late Lewis Carroll, entitled The Fashionable Chinese Puzzle. It contains three hundred and twentythree Tangram designs, mostly nondescript geometrical figures, to be constructed from the seven pieces."