Tangrams Here's some puzzling fun for the kids from ancient China! Tangrams, "seven pieces of cleverness", are an ancient Chinese puzzle which is still mind-bending and intriguing today! We've developed some fun printable tangram puzzles which are perfect for kids - they help with logic and thinking skills, dexterity .. and they are just plain puzzling fun! Explore our tangram puzzle printables below... How to play Paper Chain People Paper Chain People Craft While putting together these Christmas paper chains, I decided to create several more paper chain templates of people, animals and fun shapes. My kids love making accordion fold paper chains – I guess sometimes the simplest kids crafts can also be the most satisfying! Check out all of the printable crafts on Craft Jr.!
Solutions and Templates What is a tangram and what is the purpose of a tangram? Tangrams are ancient, truly fascinating Chinese Puzzles, made up of seven movable geometrical shapes, with which you can create thousands of pictures and designs. Learn to make your own, the easy way. The purpose of this puzzle is to use all seven pieces or tans to create a picture or design. The ancient rules dictate that the pieces must lie flat, they must touch and they are not allowed to overlap. Another fun activity is to solve puzzles - this means you take a tangram picture/image and figure out how the shapes were placed to create that image - sounds easier than it is.
Make teaching more effective - New learning spaces - Library Subject Guides at RMIT University As in any other course, you will need to work out how you will chunk the learning for each class and create a teaching schedule for the course/unit which will satisfy the learning outcomes. Designing activities carefully will support students' learning and help them to be able to complete the assessment. This planning is not about what you will do but what your students will do in the time allocated ie. the activities you will get them to do. Backward design is one way to approach unit/course/lesson planning, “promoted by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe in their book, Understanding by Design (1998). Teachers who create curriculum materials using this approach begin with the end in mind. They thus plan their curriculum units around these types of questions: What enduring understandings do I want my students to develop?
Paper Plate Ship's Porthole There have been many versions of this classic paper plate craft. This paper plate porthole has a different version as well, called the paper plate aquarium. When I created this particular project several years ago, I wanted it to look like your were peering through a ship’s porthole. This was originally published on Kaboose, then that site sold to Spoonful and it didn’t transfer for one reason or another. So I’m putting it up here because it’s one of my favorites! Hope you have fun making it!
Golden Rules for Engaging Students in Learning Activities When we think of student engagement in learning activities, it is often convenient to understand engagement with an activity as being represented by good behavior (i.e. behavioral engagement), positive feelings (i.e. emotional engagement), and, above all, student thinking (i.e. cognitive engagement) (Fredricks, 2014). This is because students may be behaviorally and/or emotionally invested in a given activity without actually exerting the necessary mental effort to understand and master the knowledge, craft, or skill that the activity promotes. In light of this, research suggests that considering the following interrelated elements when designing and implementing learning activities may help increase student engagement behaviorally, emotionally, and cognitively, thereby positively affecting student learning and achievement. 1. Make It Meaningful In aiming for full engagement, it is essential that students perceive activities as being meaningful.
Santa & Co Paper Dolls They curve, they stack and they’re best of friends. We’re excited to introduce the first of our printable Christmas decorations: Santa Claus and Co – Elf, Rudolf the Reindeer, a boy, a snow bunny and a Christmas tree. Six Christmas paper dolls you can make easily from just 2 sheets of paper! SMART Board Lessons - Addition (Basic) Copyright 2013 - Modern Chalkboard - Basic Addition Interactive White Board Activities for SMART Board™ Basic Addition
Printable Christmas Coloring Pages What color do you think of for Christmas? Red, green, gold, silver, orange … and of course these colors go wonderfully with the lovely smells of Christmas – pine needles, smouldering log fires, spices, candied fruits ….oooh! Here you’ll find our original and free printable Christmas coloring pages for kids and this year we’re really excited about our new gigantic wall hanging Christmas tree coloring page.