Quilts: PBS Quilts in the
Quilts can be a creative
teaching tool. And, teachers from around the country, working with
students from pre-school through college, have been telling us how
they're used quilts in their classrooms. Read their
This supplemental unit to Caddie Woodlawn, by Carol Ryrie Brink
was developed as part of the Schools of California Online
Resources for Educators (SCORE) Project,funded by the California
Technology Assistance Program (CTAP) and the California County
Association. In this unit,
students, working individually, with partners or small groups,
will use various Web sites to investigate the people and times of
the Western Movement. The student activities are independent of
one other and do not have to be completed in any order or by all
students. Each activity culminates in a student-created product.
Students will visit the Caddie Woodlawn Museum and create a map of
the Woodlawn farm. They will investigate everyday life on the
frontier and design an individual quilt.
Together Unit - The
quilt you see on this website is how these students see the time
in our country's history when three worlds came together. These
three worlds - the Africans, the Europeans and the Native
Americans - each endured hardships inflicted by the environment
and by each other. In this quilt, you will see how they came
together and struggled over issues like money, folklore, religion,
slavery, agriculture, housing and labor.
of Our Lives: Oral History Quilts in Intercultural
Education - This
article melds the oral history approach and quilt making together
to help young people to explore the history of women in Cambridge,
Messachussets. In the process of quilt making girls and
women involved in the project developed a community in which they
expressed their cultures as well as learned about each other. The
author offers excellent step-by-step suggestions as to how to
implement this idea.
in First Grade -
A first grade math unit that utilizes quilts.
Unit - This
unit focuses on the influences and effects of the arts on cultures
and societies, past and present. Students will begin to understand
how the arts might transmit or question cultural values and norms.
They will explore the changes that result from new ideas and
technology on societies, cultures and the arts. The students will
discover that the arts and artists play a significant role in
human interactions, expressions and daily life.
This website is geared for primary and intermediate grade levels
and focuses on geometry, patterns, measurements, and number
Connection - These
units are geared for kindergarteners. Links are made to quilt
photos with descriptions and to story quilts.
Exchange - An
integrated unit for Grade 3 called American Quilts, linked to the
book A Quilt Story by Tony Johnson. Students will
demonstrate the ability to make an emotional connection to A Quilt
Story. (LA Standard 2*). Students will describe a "memento" or
special item that makes them feel warm and cozy. (LA Standard 4*)
Students will recognize that mementos may take many forms.
Students will create/illustrate their own ideal memento to pass on
to future generations. (LA Standard 3*)
Quilts - The
MathQuilt web page is dedicated to providing a showcase for
quilters around the world who find inspiration from the colorful
world of tessellations, geometry, perspective and
Tasks, Grades 9-12
- Students will compare ratios, fractional parts and percents of
shaded to unshaded designs in common quilt patterns. As a
group, students will make a paper quilt showing the differences
between translations, ratios and reflections of the quilt
blocks. They will investigate different ways of shading the
blocks. Students will use fabric or wrapping paper to create
their own 16 block quilt using a translation, reflection, or
Theme Quilts - Each
month, Mrs. Martinson's and Mrs. Smith's second-grasders make
quilt blocks which are combined to make a class quilt. At the end
of the year, each child will have a quilt made up of the monthly
blocks.These quilt activities help students identify patterns in
their environments and in academic areas such as math and reading.
Photos of these quilts are available.
Town's Wall Quilt -
Students will create posters of entertainment activities in their
community. They will do research of what forms of entertainment
are in the community by first using phone books, brochures, and
brainstorming with the class. When completed the students will
display their work by putting it together to give it a quilt
effect. This lesson is geared for grade Level 3, 4, 5. This
activity is a continuation of studying about my Town. Students are
learning about the community they live in and it's different
components such as people, industry, entertainment, services,
laws, education, etc.
American Quilts and Amish
Designs - This site
is from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and
focuses on the use of Native American quilts and Amish design
quilts in the mathematics classroom.
of Math - The
author of this page is a big fan of quilts, and this website
focuses on the many ways that quilts can be tied to
Quilts - For
information on printing to fabric, see the article "How to Print
on Fabric Using Your Inkjet Printer". For a quick lesson on
printable quilts, see the article "How to Assemble Your Quilt"".
Looking for more printables? Here's the complete listing of
printables and projects available on this site. Happy
Quilts - A lesson
plan which outlines how to create a "celebration quilt" and how to
tie it into the curriculum.
Quilts - Students
will learn that by using pieces of old clothing to make quilts
pioneers were able to preserve memories of their past.
of Many Colors -
This site contains a lesson aimed towards grades 3-6 which is
built around the children's book THE KEEPING QUILT by Patricia
and Space in
Geometry - Making
quilt blocks is an excellent way to explore symmetry.
Web - Dozens of links for
educators leading to information dealing with quilts, quilters,
on Quilts - A Stitch in Time is a
webquest project for Computers in the Classroom, taught by Dr.
Patricia Stohr-Hunt in the University of Richmond's Department of
Education. This is an interactive lesson that incorporates
history, literature and art. A great deal of this lesson
involves research that will be conducted through the
internet. Students will be directed to sites that contain
information on quilting and the cultures of African, Amish, and
Native American people. For each site, students are given
questions and points that they should focus on.
and Education - A wonderful site
that will lead to lots more than quilts! An excellent teacher
Together Ohio's Past: Exploring the History of Ohio Through
The Secret Codes and
Messages section has an interactive quilt that teaches about the
Underground Railroad and symbols used by the slaves escaping to
freedom. Also included is an interactive children's story. The
reader determines the next step he takes on his travel to freedom,
helped along the by quilts and quilt symbols.