Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quilting Project Learning – 1st Grade Print & Digital



Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quilting Project Learning – 1st Grade

⭐ Measure Twice, Cut Once is a project based learning task that involves using Measurement and Geometry to solve problems related to quilt making. This resource contains a standards-based unit in both printable PDF and Google Slides versions – so it’s the perfect activity to increase engagement and interest for the classroom or distance learning. 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.


⭐ This project-based learning task that involves using the following CCSS math standards to solve problems related to quilt making.


  • 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, compare lengths or 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 offourth of, and a 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.


Key Features:

✏️ 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.

What’s Included?

  1. Teacher & student directions
  2. “What is Quilt Making” Information Card
  3. Getting Started (measuring lengths, naming shapes)
  4. Preparing to Cut (cutting shapes into halves)
  5. Classifying shapes (naming and sorting by attributes)
  6. Patterns (repeating and growing)
  7. Symmetry (counting and drawing lines)
  8. Measuring Fabric (inches, comparing lengths)
  9. Making squares (planning, measuring, marking)
  10. How many squares (drawing models for adding)
  11. Cutting triangles (using halves and quarters)
  12. Making patterns (arranging triangles into squares)
  13. Shape riddles (reading clues)
  14. Challenge 1: Data on a Bar Graph (interpreting data)
  15. Challenge 2: Creating a Line Plot (interpreting data)
  16. Evaluation & Rubric


Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 2nd Grade version!


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