Quilting with My Pal, Pythagoras!

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Learners discover the Pythagorean Theorem as they work together to create a class quilt. After reviewing tips to explain the theorem, kids participate in a scavenger hunt for right angles. Display the "Shoo Fly" quilt design, which includes many right angles.  Learners use the paper as a pattern, cutting out the fabric pieces and calculating the area of each. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use the steps to demonstrate the quilt square pattern to mathematicians before they create one of their own on paper
  • Encourage collaboration once all squares are finished by challenging the class to lay out their pieces and come up with a design for the quilt
  • Work with a math class to make the assignment cross-curricular
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners only extend their designs to paper, but you could extend the activity for a full quilting project
Common Core