Given the
time constraints all teachers are in, we are told to blend subjects together in one lesson in order to cover multiple subjects at one time. For example, you can teach social studies in reading,
pretty much anything in writing, but math is a subject that I have found hard
to double dip. The following lesson does a wonderful job of teaching fractions
and social studies in one pop.

The Real
World Task for Math Unit 3 in fourth grade requires the students to develop
a scaled paper diagram of a barn quilt to learn about fractions and measurement. I modified the lesson to create a quilt square that has a design
similar to those used on the quilts that guided runaway slaves on the Underground
Railroad. So we end up learning about
slavery, the Civil War, the Underground Railroad AND fractional parts.

Here are some of our quilt squares and lesson realizations:

“I learned from the quilt square that fraction parts have to
be equal.” Aman

“This activity made me think about fractions by learning
that fractions come in different shapes and sizes.” Gretchen

“I learned that a fraction has to be symmetrical and equal.”
Alex

“I messed up because the parts weren’t equal, then I used a
ruler and made them equal.” Talia

“The first time I started my picture it looked messed up
because the parts weren’t equal. The second time I took my time and got it all
straight.” Prakruti

“It reminded me that fractions have to be equal because at
first my quilt parts were not even so Mrs. Raci gave me a new sheet. I took a
fractional quilt square example and added lines to make the fractional parts
smaller.” Lauren

“The quilt square made me think about how fractions need to
be equivalent pieces. I thought about that while adding a fraction. The
denominator does not change. It made me think how fractions could be bigger and
smaller but still be sixths.” Gurveer

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