Wednesday, October 23, 2013

The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too by BETTE A. STEVENS

The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too!

 is a resource for multi-cultural and interdisciplinary studies in the classroom or at home. Integrates Math (measurement and geometry) and Language Arts (research and writing) for elementary and middle school students, while presenting a few historical facts about tangrams. Tangrams and word puzzles (rhyming riddles/poetry) encourage students to have fun while they're learning, and then to demonstrate what they've learned. Includes ideas for home/school projects. Tangram outlines, with rhyming riddles as clues, are even labeled for coloring for preschoolers. Hands-on fun for the whole classroom/family!

5.0 out of 5 stars Tangrams and riddles!!!
This book will keep anyone busy for hours. If you like puzzles and riddles this book will be great for you. Tangrams can be found in almost any toy store or department store; but, if you don't want to buy them this book can show you how to make your own out of cardboard. You rearrange the shapes to try to match the animal. The animal shapes are fun and the riddles are great too. Don't worry the answers are in the book so you will not get stuck trying to figure them out. -David M. Howard "Uncle-Dave" (Waynesburg, PA)

5.0 out of 5 stars Short, but good puzzles...The idea is very neat, as all 18 tangrams are animals. Looking at the picture and reading the riddle, you try to guess the animal... These were fun, so I wish there had been more pages. -Ocean Breeze

From the Author

"I've used The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! in my own classroom with students from 4th through 8th grade. The Zoo... is a great resource for integrating research and creative writing into a math or science curriculum. One of the project ideas included in the book is for the kids to create their own tangram animals to add to The Zoo... Then, to research their creature creations and write their own rhyming riddles. My colleagues agree: It's hands-on learning that's creative and loaded with fun for everyone."  - author/illustrator Bette A. Stevens

About the Author

Bette A. Stevens received her B.S. in Elementary Education from the University of Maine at Orono before embarking on graduate courses in Curriculum Studies at Chapman University in California. Stevens taught 4th grade at Eastside Elementary School in Lancaster, California; was an ESL teacher in grades 6 through 8 at El Camino Middle School in Lompoc, California; and taught 4th and 5th grade Language Arts and Social Studies at Sonney Penn Elementary School in Woodbridge, Virginia. She and her husband are now retired and living in Maine. They have two daughters and five grandchildren. Bette has written articles for Echoes, The Northern Maine Journal of Rural Culture, based in Caribou, Maine. Her love of children, of literature and of learning inspired her to write The Tangram Zoo and Word Puzzles Too! Stevens has used this book as a teaching/learning resource in the classroom with students of all ages.