4th Grade Math PBL – Measurement & Geometry Project Based Learning
⭐ Measure Twice, Cut Once is a project based learning task that involves using 4th grade 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 in the classroom or distance learning. Students follow instructions on quilt making while measuring lengths, reading clues, counting and drawing lines, dividing into equal square units, and more. Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.
⭐ This project-based learning task involves using the following CCSS math standards to solve problems related to quilt making.
- 4.MD.A.1 Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a 2-column table.
- 4.MD.A.2 Use the 4 operations to solve word problems, including problems involving single fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as a number line that feature a measurement scale.
- 4.MD.A.3 Apply area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.
- 4.MD.B.4 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit. Solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots.
- 4.MD.C.5 Recognize angles as geometric shapes that are formed by 2 rays that share a common endpoint and understand concepts of angle measurement.
- 4.MD.C.6 Measure and sketch angles in whole-number degrees using a protractor.
- 4.MD.C.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition.
- 4.GA.1 Draw points, lines, line segments, rays, angles, and perpendicular/parallel lines. Identify these in 2-D figures.
- 4.G.A.2 Classify 2-D figures based on the presence or absence of parallel or perpendicular lines or angles. Recognize and identify right angles.
- 4.G.A.3 Recognize a line of symmetry for a 2-D figure as a line across the figure, such that the figure can be folded along the line into matching parts. Identify and draw lines of symmetry.
✏️ 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.
1. Teacher & Student Directions
2. “What Is Quilt Making?” Information Card
3. Developing Measurement Skills (eighths, twelfths)
4. Classifying Shapes (sorting and drawing)
5. Shape Riddles (reading clues)
6. Symmetry (counting and drawing lines)
7. Finding Area (dividing into equal square units)
8. Measuring Fabric (ordering fractions on a number line)
9. Creating Arrays (estimating/measuring equal square units)
10. Finding Perimeter and Area (word problems)
11. Getting Started (inches/feet/yards word problems)
12. Measuring and Cutting (estimating, measuring)
13. Cutting Triangles (cutting from squares, word problems)
14. Making Patterns (arranging triangles to make squares)
15. Challenge 1: Data on a Bar Graph
16. Challenge 2: Creating a Line Plot
17. Evaluation & Rubric
18. Answer Key