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Using this applet for the Chinese tangram puzzle, students can experiment with the placement of the seven tangram blocks to form 14 different shapes. Shapes range from a square to a reclining human. After selecting a shape from a menu, the selected shape's outline appears on the screen. Students move, flip, and rotate each tangram block to discover how the blocks fit together to form the selected shape. For the more complicated figures, students can access a hint by clicking a button that then displays the outlines for each block. Instructions for using the applet, six additional activities, and a link to the NCTM grades 6-8 standard for geometry are included. Copyright 2005 Eisenhower National Clearinghouse
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