The Bryant Watershed Education Project hosted an event for 175 third grade students at the Harlin Museum entitled “Geometric Pieces” on November 7 – 8, 2007. The hands-on multidisciplinary experience introduced third grade students to basic geometric shapes which are included in the Math Grade Level Expectations. Students worked with local quilt artist, Susan Lumsden, learned about her special quilting techniques and created a paper quilt square which was taken back to class and displayed as a class geometric quilt. Students also explored traditional quilt patterns made from triangles using a giant floor puzzle. A communication arts connection was made using trade books to explore how historically quilt making used geometric shapes. Students were also able to view several locally made quilts which were on display.
Fitting the puzzle pieces.
|Making a quilt piece||The finished pieces|
Geometric Pieces Teacher Evaluation Comments
“A great hands on experience which used may of the GLE vocabulary words, including: slide, trapezoid, and parallelogram.
“These hands on activities go with the 3rd grade GLE’s for MAP.”
“The best thing was the hands on and being able to take something with them back to class.”
“This program was great and extremely beneficial and appropriate for 3rd graders.”
“Hands-on, talked about patterning, quilting both past and present, colors, shapes.”
“This goes along with the GLE’s and preparation for the MAP test.”
“My students were engaged and excited about the projects.”
“Real practice with hands-on geometry!”
“The children were happy and excited about learning.”
Geometric Pieces Student Comments:
“I enjoyed making the quilt squares.”
“I liked making our own masterpieces with the puzzle pieces.”
“All the quilts were cool!”
“The puzzle game was fun.”
“Thank you for bringing us here. This is fun.”
When asked what they liked one class said, “Coloring shapes, making paper quilts, making patterns on the floor, and learning how quilts were made in the old days.”
“I had an awesome day. I enjoyed making designs with the paper.”
“Wow! This is fun!”
View the GLE (Grade Level Expectations)
Financial support for History Works 2007 came from the Coover Regional Grant Program at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks, the West Plains Council of the Arts, the Heart of the Ozarks United Way, and the Noon Rotary Club of West Plains.
Visit Instructor Susan Lumsden's website: www.rebelquilter.com
Partial funding for this program in 2007 was provided by the Coover Regional Grantmaking Program, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the Ozarks.