Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quilting Project Learning – 3rd Grade Print & Digital



Measure Twice, Cut Once: Quilting Project Learning – 3rd 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, reading clues, counting and drawing lines, ordering fractions, 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.


  • 3.OA.D.8 Solve problems using the four operations.
  • 3.NBT.A.2 Fluently adds and subtracts within 1000 using strategies and algorithms based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
  • 3.NF.A.2 Understand and represent a fraction as a number on the number line.
  • 3.NF.A.3 Explain the equivalence of fractions in special cases and compare fractions by reasoning about their size.
  • 3.MD.B.3 Draw a scaled picture graph and scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories. Solve 1 and 2 step problems using information presented in scaled bar graphs.
  • 3.MD.B.4 Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot.
  • 3.MD.C.5 Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures.
  • 3.MD.C.6 Measure areas by counting unit squares.
  • 3MD.C.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
  • 3.MD.D.8 Solve real world problems involving perimeters of polygons.
  • 3.G.A.1 Understand that shapes in different categories may share attributes.
  • 3.G.A.2 Partition shapes into parts with equal areas. Express the area of each part as a unit fraction of the whole.


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. Developing Measurement Skills (quarters and thirds)

4. Classifying Shapes (sorting and drawing by attribute)

5. Shape Riddles (reading clues)

6. Symmetry (counting and drawing lines)

7. Finding Area (dividing into equal square units)

8. Measuring Fabric (ordering fraction on a number line)

9. Creating Arrays (estimating/measuring equal square units)

10. Finding Perimeter and Area (2 ways and word problems)

11. Getting Started (rounding, feet/yard word problems)

12. Measuring and Cutting (estimating, measuring)

13. Cutting Triangles (cutting from squares, word problems)

14. Making 2 Patterns (arranging triangles to make patterns)

15. Challenge 1: Data on a Bar Graph

16. Challenge 2: Creating a Line Plot

17. Evaluation & Rubric


Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 4th Grade version!


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