Students create a classroom quilt by each creating a quarter circle square.
Lesson Plan Ideas
Developed by: Kathy Barbro, Visual Arts Professional Expert from Dixie Canyon Community Charter Elementary School in Sherman Oaks, CA
For Grade: 1
Students use a protractor to trace a quarter circle ring. They learn how to place and align their quarter ring with others to make a complete circle. They will see as the quilt is assembled that circles are made from four quarters.
CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.3 Partition circles and rectangles into two and four equal shares, describe the shares using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of the shares. Understand for these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
Students use a protractor to draw a quarter ring on a 4” sheet of paper. *Note the final inch of the inside ring needs to be hand drawn.
The two ring lines are traced with a marker, and then the square is filled with whatever designs or patterns that the student chooses.
With the teacher’s oversight, squares are aligned and glued to a large background sheet that is at least 28” wide to allow for a boarder. As students complete their square, they are allowed to place their work and rotate to see how the circles are made. Teacher supervision is needed to check the placement before glue is applied.