⭐ This low-prep/no-prep project based learning activity for 1st grade will have your students fully engaged in meaningful math practice. Students use their measurement and geometry skills to solve problems related to quilt making. This resource contains a standards-based unit in both a low-prep printable PDF and a no-prep Google Slides format – so it’s the perfect activity for any classroom. Students follow instructions on quilt making while measuring lengths, naming shapes, counting and drawing lines, interpreting data, and more. Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.
⭐ The following CCSS math standards are integrated into this project based learning activity:
- 1.OA.A.1 Use + and – within 20 to solve word problems
- 1.OA.A.2 Solve, word problems that call for + of 3 whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.
- 1.OA.C.6 Use + and – within 20, demonstrating fluency with 10. Use strategies for addition and subtraction.
- 1.MD.A.1 Order three objects by length, and compare the lengths of two objects indirectly by using a third object.
- 1.MD.A.2 Express the length of an object as a whole number of length units by laying multiple copies of shorter objects end to end.
- 1.MD.C.4 Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to 3 categories; ask and answer questions about the data points, how many? and how many more or less? are in one category than in another.
- 1.GA.1 Distinguish between defining attributes vs non-defining attributes.
- 1.GA.2 Compose 2-D shapes (rectangles, squares, trapezoids, triangles, half-circles, and quarter-circles) or 3-D shapes (cubes, right rectangular prisms, right circular cones, and right circular cylinders) to create a composite shape and compose new shapes from the composite shape.
- 1.GA.3 Partition circles and rectangles into 2 and 4 equal shares, describe the shares using words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and a quarter of. Describe the whole as two of, or four of, the shares. Understand these examples that decomposing into more equal shares creates smaller shares.
✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource perfect for classroom instruction, distance learning, and everywhere in between. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so they can be used for combination classroom and virtual instruction situations.
✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math skills. Students are hired as quilt makers to solve measurement and geometry problems related to quilt making.
✏️ Differentiation – Three challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high performing students while making the resource accessible to your on level and below level students.
- Teacher & student directions
- “What is Quilt Making” Information Card
- Getting Started (measuring lengths, naming shapes)
- Preparing to Cut (cutting shapes into halves)
- Classifying shapes (naming and sorting by attributes)
- Patterns (repeating and growing)
- Symmetry (counting and drawing lines)
- Measuring Fabric (inches, comparing lengths)
- Making squares (planning, measuring, marking)
- How many squares (drawing models for adding)
- Cutting triangles (using halves and quarters)
- Making patterns (arranging triangles into squares)
- Shape riddles (reading clues)
- Challenge 1: Data on a Bar Graph (interpreting data)
- Challenge 2: Creating a Line Plot (interpreting data)
- Evaluation & Rubric
Take a closer look at what this resource looks like in this video preview.
Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 2nd Grade version!