This Christmas Mystery Tangram Puzzle combines two favorite math activities into one. This printable Christmas puzzle will have students both practicing plotting ordered pairs on the coordinate plane and solving a fun tangram puzzle using the resulting outline from the plotted ordered pairs.
Eventually, I would like to have an entire series of mystery tangram puzzles for each holiday during the school year.
Students begin the activity by connecting the dots formed by the provided list of ordered pairs.
I highly suggest having students use a ruler when connecting the points on the coordinate plane!
As students connect the ordered pairs, the outline of a Christmas tree will begin to be formed.
Once students complete the coordinate graphing part of the activity, they can either color in the resulting picture or jump straight to creating the design using tangrams. I didn’t color in the Christmas tree this time, but I have done some coloring on my previous mystery tangram puzzles.
Now that the mystery Christmas shape has been discovered, it’s time to pull out the tangrams! A class set of tangrams was one of the best purchases I made for my classroom during my first couple of years of teaching. There are so many activities you can use them for!
I sized the coordinate plane so that my plastic tangrams are the exact same size as the outline created by the ordered pairs.
The first step to making sure that your sizing is 100% accurate is to make sure you print the PDF of the Christmas Mystery Tangram Puzzle at 100% scale. Do not check the box that says “Fit” or “Shrink Oversized Pages.” This will result in your tangrams not fitting properly on the template.
What Tangrams Do I Need?
Next, you need to make sure that you have the correct size of plastic tangrams. Like I said earlier, a class set of tangrams was one of my first purchases for my math classroom. I have used them for so many different activities over the years.
If your tangrams are a smaller size, you can either scale the document to print at the correct size or you can just have students build with the tangrams on their desk instead of laying them on top of the coordinate plane template.
For example, if your largest tangram piece measures 3″ across, you would print the PDF file at 75% scale. If your largest tangram piece measures 3.5″ across, you would print the PDF file at 87.5% scale.
Free Download of Christmas Mystery Tangram Puzzle
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