QUILTS in the Classroom
"Covering" American History
Nora LeDuc and Kathi Mitchell
Project Details Pictures Internet References History
As students study different units in American History, they will create
several quilt squares,
each representing a different topic that they have studied. The squares will be combined to create a
quilt to take with them when they leave fifth grade. As they cover up at night, they can re-live what
they have learned about their country and the people who settled it.
NH State Standards: Social Studies 184.108.40.206
*The students will demonstrate an understanding that people, artifacts, and documents
represent links to the past and that they are sources of data from which
historical accounts are constructed.
*The students will explain, using examples, how folklore, literature, and the arts
reflect, maintain, and transmit our national and cultural heritage.
The student will
study American history with a focus on what is important
and interesting (Ellin Keene reading comprehension model).
The student will make choices and write an explanation of his/her reasoning.
for squares and backing
material for borders, edging, and connectors
quilt pins and needles for tying
1. Students will select
and write about one aspect of each United States history unit (Native Americans,
explorers, colonies, American Revolution, US government, Lewis and Clark, War of 1812, westward
2. Each student will design ( on paper or with a computer ) a quilt square that represents each topic in #1
above. They will create different squares representing the eras/topics of their study of American history.
The simple muslin squares will contain student designs that use fusible materials, fabric paints, and/or
photographic iron-ons that students create using a computer design program. Directions.
3. Students, with parent volunteers and teacher assistance, will complete a small quilt that will be a
permanent reminder of their country's history and of what they learned about America when they were
in fifth grade. Directions.
4. The teachers will scan a digital picture of each quilt for the class web page. Each student will write a
description of his/her finished quilt, explaining the meaning of the designed squares and connecting
them to what they have studied in American history.
5. Students will display their quilts and writing at a quilt show for parents and friends.
1. Student writing about why they chose each particular topic for their design.
2. Students will prepare a written description of their finished quilt to accompany the graphic on the web.
3. The class will hold a quilt show for parents and friends at the completion of the project.
Pictures of Our Project:
The First Squares - http://www.kathimitchell.com/quilt/quiltpics.html
Preparing the Quilts - http://www.kathimitchell.com/quilt/quilt4.html
Finished quilts and written descriptions - http://www.kathimitchell.com/quilt/quilt5.html
Quilt Show! - http://www.kathimitchell.com/quilt//quiltshow.html
Internet quilt references:
America Quilts: PBS Quilts in the Classroom - http://www.pbs.org/americaquilts/classroom/index.html
Carol Hurst - Quilts and Children's Literature - http://www.carolhurst.com/subjects/quilts.html
Geometric design in Ohio Quilts - http://www.decartsohio.org/color.pdf
Quilting With Children - Heddi Craft - http://www.thecraftstudio.com/qwc/index.htm
Kids in Need - SHOPA Foundation http://220.127.116.11/pdf/bestprac/social/quilts.pdf
(This is the report about this project that was submitted to SHOPA.)
**Historical references on the Internet** - http://www.kathimitchell.com/quilt/quilt3.html
Cobb, Mary. The Quilt-Block History of Pioneer Days - Millbrook Press, Brookfield, CT, 1995.
Eikmeier, Barbara J. Traditional Quilts for Kids to Make - Martingale and Co.
Paul, Ann Whitford. The Seasons Sewn. Voyager Books, Harcourt, Inc., San Diego, 1996.
Link to a suggested booklist for children about quilts and quilting -
Lesson Plans from National Geographic -
Graphics from A Touch of Country
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