Strategy #34: Quilts

By: Paige DuBay

What is it?

Students make quilt squares to further their comprehension and/or to commemorate a story they read or other topic studied.

Examples:

How to use this strategy:

This is a whole-class activity. The teacher and students work together to design the format of the quilt. Students can individually or with partners create their squares.


STEP 1: DESIGN

The teacher and student work together to choose a design for the quilt square that best suits the story, for example: theme, symbols, characters, setting. Students can choose a quilt design or create their own design that captures part of the story, for example: an important scene from the story.


STEP 2: MAKING THE QUILT SQUARES

  • Cut out construction paper squares
  • Draw pictures in one section and add decorations in the other sections
  • Arrange the squares to look like a quilt


Students can:

  • Copy a quote
  • Record a fact
  • Write a poem
  • Other piece of writing in a section or around square


STEP 3: ASSEMBLE THE QUILT

The teacher will tape the squares together and back the quilt with butcher paper or staple the squares next to each other on a large bulletin board.

Why to use this strategy:

  • Students often choose designs and colors that emphasize a theme or big idea.
  • Students get to use visual modes (viewing and visual representation) to create quilt squares.
  • The squares deepen their comprehension.