Quilt Inspired Lesson Plans
Quilts are a fun and interactive way to teach children history, geography, geometry, and mathematics! Here are some lesson plans for students of all ages.
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Lessons about Quilts for First and Second Graders
By Mary Beth Martin. 10 unit lesson plan for teaching history and math concepts through quilts. Includes references for student and teacher materials.
Paint a Quilt Lesson Plan
History lesson based on Civil War themes. From the Michigan History, Arts and Libraries page. Includes references.
Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt
A history lesson based on the book by Deborah Hopkinson. Teaches geographic and economic concepts. For 5th graders. From the website of the Montogomery County Public Schools, Rockville Maryland.
Stories in Quilts
For K-2. Provides a 4 part lesson plan and resources for teaching children the role of quilts and textiles in cultures around the world. By EDSITEment, a part of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Lesson Plans from QuiltEthnic.com
An extensive listing of lesson plans for all grade levels, grouped by African, African-American, Hmong, Multi-cultural, or Native American ethnic perspectives.
Patterns of Identity - Textiles in Aotearoa
"This resource documents New Zealand textile design with a focus on printed textiles. Developed as a teaching resource by staff at the School of Art and Design at Auckland University of Technology."
Henderson Intermediate School ~ Tivaevae Quilts
Description of a class project with 11 year olds. Includes image gallery.
Incredible Art Education Resources
Compiled by Judy Decker, a former Middle School art teacher. This site truly is incredible! You can find art lessons based on textile traditions from around the world. Includes many quilt-inspired lessons.
Mathematics and Geometry
Ethnomathematics Digital Library
Provides online access to about 700 resources online, including lesson plans involving quilts and mathematics. The Ethnomathematics Digital Library is a component of the National Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education Digital Library (NSDL), funded by the National Science Foundation.
Covering Geometry with Quilts
"This webpage provides a unit for teaching in a fourth and fifth grade class. The goal of the unit is to introduce geometric terms and concepts in a unit that integrates literacy and social studies. It consists of five lessons using the geometry of quilt patterns." (Indexed in the Ethnomathematics Digital Library)
Ethnomathematics Snap Shots
This website has 12 short descriptions of the influence of mathematics on culturally relevant activities and products from around the world, including Amish quilts and symmetric strip decorations of the Inca and Maori. (Indexed in the Ethnomathematics Digital Library)
"This webpage contains lesson plans for the study of geometric shapes utilizing quilts. Five units of lessons are provided using different quilt designs. Some of the lessons use technology, incorporate history, and music." For 3rd and 4th graders. (Indexed in the Ethnomathematics Digital Library)
Quilt Blocks: Geometry with a Cultural Warmth
"This lesson describes how quilting activities can be used to integrate geometry and lessons about various cultures into the classroom. Suggested ways of creating paper quilt blocks include Hawaiian techniques, where many different blocks are brought together to make a quilt; Amish techniques, where shapes are pieced together in an intricate pattern; and African techniques, which have an emphasis on strip textiles made on hand looms and religious symbols." For middle or high-school students. (Indexed in the Ethnomathematics Digital Library)