TANGRAM

MATH
Identify the different shapes and the number of sides each shape has, for example a triangle, square and rhomboid. How do they fit together to create a geometric shape? Discuss rotations, degrees and inverting angles.

HISTORY
The Chinese refer to this game as Qi Qiao Ban or roughly translated this means seven pieces. What other interesting facts can you find out this ancient Chinese art?

LANGUAGE ARTS
Study Asian culture and literature. Write a haiku poem and illustrate it using the shapes from the tangram.

SCIENCE
Pareidolia is the science of interpreting how something is observed such as seeing shapes in clouds, seeing faces in inanimate objects or abstract patterns, or even hearing hidden messages in music. Pareidolia effects the way people interpret random images, or patterns. Give all the student the tangram pieces and see how many different images can be made from the same seven pieces.

EXTENSION
Using stop action photography, take a series of photographs of the shape being constructed out of the tangrams pieces. Play back the individual shots very quickly to create a mini animation

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SUDOKU

MATH
Change out the names on the playing pieces to numbers, this is a fun math infused critical thinking game. Try to add color to the numbers to help visually identify repeated patterns Have a contest to see who comes up with the most similar sets.

HISTORY
This game originated in Japan. Have a class discussion on famous Japanese historical landmarks and try to create new game pieces showing six different places to visit in“The Land of the Rising Sun”.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Discuss different types of poetry and make playing pieces with the name of poetic forms like Limerick, Ode, Sonnet, Haiku, Elegy and Couplet.

SCIENCE

Try creating game pieces around the study of earth
science and use space elements, like plants, galaxies or various
space anomalies to make different playing pieces. In the study of
astronomy try using six different constellations, the possibilities
in space are endless.

EXTENSION
Use your imagination to create a unique board game that reflects your personality. Try making game pieces using images of your favorite food, sports team, art, books, movies or theatrical performances.

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STRAWBERRY RECIPE CARD

MATH
Working with measurements requires math, sometimes converting quantities into the metric system or figuring out how to proportionality make larger or smaller amounts. Create a conversion table that will help with preparing food.

HISTORY
Historically ice-cream has been enjoyed by many cultures. Ice-cream or “Cream Ice” as it was called a long time ago, may have been seen at the table of Charles I during the 17th century. Create a skit and use ice-cream as one of the props.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Get creative and make a list of how many ways ice-cream may be served, for example, in a dish or in a cone or with cake or as a shake, See who can come up with the longest list.

SCIENCE
Sweet treats can be fun to eat, but talk about the nutritional value of fresh fruit and the vitamins provided in some of the ingredients. Discuss proportion size and how eating right and exercise are important factors in helping to stay healthy

EXTENSION
Take pictures of all the ice-cream creations and print them out and exhibit them in a school ice-cream social fund-raiser. Have students write fun captions under each photograph

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STICK GAME

MATH
Determine probable outcome. Determine probable outcome. When the student drops three sticks the probable outcome changes. Notice that every time you add an additional stick the pattern doubles 2 x 2 x 2 = 8.

HISTORY
Historically games are found in all cultures and promote social interaction. Write the name of games that do not require batteries or electricity on the sticks and toss them on the ground and try to come up with a new game using the names that appear face up on the sticks .

LANGUAGE ARTS
Write words on the sticks and then toss them on the ground, try making sentences or stories using the words that appear face up on the sticks.

SCIENCE
Write words on the sticks and then toss them on the ground, try making sentences or stories using the words that appear face up on the sticks.

EXTENSION
Write words on the sticks and then toss them on the ground, try making sentences or stories using the words that appear face up on the sticks.

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SPINNING SNAKE

MATH
Develop a formula for figuring out the true length of a coiled snake, if it were stretched out in a straight line.

HISTORY
During mid 1800’s people used candles as a source for lighting, but the smoke often left black marks on the ceiling. The spinning snakes helped to fan the smoke away. Talk about other inventions during this time period which were useful tools in daily life.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Let the students read about reptiles and have them try to write in a spiral on the underside of the snake. See if the students can read the words within the spiral outline of the snake’s body.

SCIENCE
Discuss how hot air rises and perform this simple experiment for demonstration purposes. The laws of physical science apply here as well. A body at rest tends to stay at rest until acted upon by an outside force. Talk about this invisible force at work. What visible effects are seen to prove this theory true?

EXTENSION
Have a contest among the students. Which snake spins the fastest or the longest. Predict which direction the snake will turn and graph your results.

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SELF-FOLDING MINI BOOKLET

MATH
Try making a book of mathematical formulas that can be used for easy reference, or famous mathematicians and their discoveries.

HISTORY
Try making a mini booklet of trivia containing notable political figures, or famous women in history. Think about using famous landmarks from around the globe, infused with interesting facts .

LANGUAGE ARTS
Try making a mini booklet of different types of poetry like, limericks, haiku’s, sonnets, couplets, an elegy, ode or villanelle. Add artistic images to go with the written words.

SCIENCE
Make a mini book showing the growth stages of a flower. Planets would be fun to add with a starry space like background. Even adding famous scientists and their discoveries would help enhance and engage students in this hands-on learning process.

EXTENSION
Create a mini art booklet, and have students do original images of different art styles, like pop art and abstract art and have them mention time periods and reference artists.

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PURSE CARD

MATH
A reflection can be thought of as folding or “flipping” an object over the line of reflection. Identify the point of reflection in the purse card and try to design other styles of purse cards with different reflection points.

HISTORY
Discuss how the custom of sending greeting cards can be traced back to the ancient Chinese, who exchanged messages of good will to celebrate the New Year, and early Egyptians conveyed greetings on papyrus scrolls. In 15th century, handmade greeting cards were being exchanged in Europe. Contrast and compare greetings cards of the past and present.

LANGUAGE ARTS
Practice writing different greetings for different occasions, Try using rhyming and prose to convey a special thought or send a message.

SCIENCE
Talk about recycling and try making your own paper for the purse card project out of recycled materials. Discuss how recycling effects the environment and how it impacts the world in which we live on a global basis.

EXTENSION
Display the purse cards on a bulletin board and sell the cards at a school fund-raiser. Put a golden ticket inside one of the purse cards that gives the owner a special prize.

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