Cozy Geometry Quilts
winter Saturday, December 26, 2015
Brrrr! It's cold outside! Time to get out the quilt and have a little fun with geometry. I have a great project that can be done with any geometry unit.
A few weeks ago I spent a couple of afternoons with a super class of second graders and helped them review some geometry concepts as we put together paper quilt calendars for the new year.
Before I started the lesson I cut 4 inch squares from some holiday scrapbook paper. We did this project in December so I chose red and green paper, but you can do this with any scrapbook paper you have on hand.
Let each student choose 4 squares, 2 of one color/pattern, 2 of another color/pattern. Then we cut the squares into rectangles and then the rectangles into smaller squares. Each student should end up with 16 small squares. While we were cutting I was reviewing geometry terms.
Now, let them explore making patters. I was arranging my own pieces on the board so they begin by making my pattern. But, they soon began creating their own patterns.
After a little while I asked them to choose one pattern they liked the best and glue it onto the quilt back. The results were beautiful!
The next day I returned to their class and went through the same procedures but we used triangles cut from the squares. The kids made some amazing quilts!
Since the students had created 2 quilts they got to choose one to turn into a 2016 calendar. The second one was put into a class display.
You can download the directions for making the quilt with the square pieces here:
Posted by Debbie Crockett at 11:00:00 AM