Teacher Review For Tangram for Osmo

Engaging Manipulative App

Jennifer A.
Classroom teacher
Montclaire Elementary School
Los Altos, CA
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My Grades 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Wellness
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My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
My students use Tangram for Osmo in centers. They play in groups of 2-3 for 10-20 minutes at a time. The recently added feature of individual accounts is helpful so students can return to their current level/progress through the puzzles rather than starting over or building on work done by others. I assign an account to each pair/trio of students.
My Take
This is a great way for students to practice the logic and critical thinking skills involved in solving tangram puzzles without the storage issue of where to keep the different levels of puzzles and the issue of tracking progress and understanding. The pieces are durable and easily manipulated, especially compared to manipulating shapes right on the iPad screen. The fact that are no words to read makes it useful for even the youngest students as well as ELL. Directions are clear and it's easy to choose and differentiate between levels of difficulty.