Our grade 3 students recently used their sewing and math skills to help complete a math unit that focused on creating and designing a quilt. At first glance, this sounds like more of a Home Economics lesson than a math lesson but did you know that sewers and quilters alike actually use a lot of math skills, including measuring, counting, patterning and matching?
Our students applied their patterning skills from their math unit to design a quilt for a pioneer child. They used a combination of fabric and markers to create the quilt. This a great activity to do with your children while at home. All you need are some markers or crayons, some pieces of fabric or construction paper and some glue. When the children are done, they will have a colourful piece of art to display as well!
This lesson unit provided our students with a great opportunity to apply their math skills across other subjects. For example, students learned that patterns exist everywhere in our world and they are able to apply the skill of creating a pattern to create something useful while exploring the lives of pioneer children.
Hands on learning and application of skills and concepts across subjects teaches students that the world is indeed cross-curricular! It also encourages them to exercise their creativity and showcase their artistic skills.