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Geo Jammin' By Design - Day 2, Lesson 11: A Stitch in Time

Katie Koehnemann
Bay District Schools


Through reading personal size booklets, class discussion, and viewing of historical quilts, students are enlightened to the culturally artistic value of quilts, the importance of trade in meeting basic needs, and the conservation of natural resources.


The student reads informational texts for specific purposes (including but not limited to performing a task, learning a new task, sequentially carrying out the steps of a procedure, locating information to answer a question).

The student knows congruent shapes.

The student identifies shapes that can be combined or separated (for example, a rectangle can be separated into two triangles).

The student identifies patterns in the real-world (for example, repeating, rotational, tessellating, and patchwork).

The student knows some works of art that reflect the cultural heritage of the community or country (for example, paintings, statues).

The student knows ways trade helps families in different places meet their basic needs of clothing, food, and shelter.

The student knows ways people can conserve and replenish natural resources.


-A Stitch in Time: A Story About Quilting booklet for each student (See Associated File)
-A computer with large viewing screen.
-The suggested Website book marked. (See Weblinks)
OPTIONAL: A copy of A Stitch in Time Sample Questions to use with the booklet. (See Associated File)


1) Print, copy, cut, and staple a booklet (In Associated File) for each student. There are two booklets on the master. Cut to make individual booklets, staple each along the left hand edge.
2) OPTIONAL: Print a copy of the sample questions. (See Associated File)


1) To gain students’ attention, click through some of the designs on the suggested Website. (See Weblinks section) Explain to students that during early America, geometric designs came from a most unusual source. We will be reading a story to find out more.

2) Distribute to students, A Stitch in Time: A Story About Quilting, Social Studies booklet. (In Associated File)

3) Use sound research-based reading strategies (See Weblinks section) as the story booklet is read.
After each page, facilitate a class discussion that brings out:
The content of the targeted social studies standards
Combination of shapes within a design
Types of patterns (such a repeating)
Congruency in patterns
(See Associated File for sample questions.)

4) After discussing page 7:
Display on the large screen monitor the quilt square that is on page 7 in the booklet. Explain that this is one of the quilt blocks the story talks about. Many of these would be made and then joined together to make a large quilt.
A. Click on the picture of the pattern and an enlargement of the entire quilt will come up. Students should identify and be able to explain why this is a repeating pattern.
B. Click Detail Shot to show the signature (also on page 8 of the booklet)

5) Finish reading the booklet, guide thinking with critical thinking questions.

6) On the site, visit each of the sample block squares shown on page 9 and 10 of the booklet. Discuss the shapes, designs and repeating pattern. (Quilt samples represented at this site will be examined more closely in another lesson.)

7) Collect student booklets. (For a different OPTION see Extensions)


Formative assessment occurs as students respond to thought questions and discuss interesting ideas presented in the booklet. Through the discussion, students should be developing a knowledge of and an understanding about ways people conserve and replenish natural resources, the way trade was used to meet the basic needs of clothing, food, and shelter, and that quilting is a work of art that reflects the cultural heritage of the place and time in which it was made. Students should demonstrate the ability to recognize shapes within shapes, congruency, and types of patterns as they occur in a quilt.


1) This is Lesson 11 – A Stitch in Time; Social Studies lesson
Lessons 1 – 6 are for Day 1 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign
Lessons 7 – 11 are for Day 2 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign
Lessons 12 – 17 are for Day 3 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign
Lessons 18 – 23 are for Day 4 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign
Lessons 24 – 28 are for Day 5 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign
Lessons 29 – 32 are for Day 6 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign.
Lessons 33 – 38 are for Day 7 of the unit Geo Jammin’ By DeSign

Lessons may reflect modifications of, but are designed in conjunction with the Reading Framework approach to classroom instruction and may be adapted to the Four Block Classroom.
2) Permission has been granted to make a class set copy of the quilts from the Website. This booklet is not for distribution. Collect all books from students once reading is complete.
3) The Beacon Unit Plan associated with this lesson can be viewed by clicking on the link located at the top of this page or by using the following URL: Once you select the unit’s link, scroll to the bottom of the unit plan page to find the section, Associated Files. This section contains links to the Unit Plan Overview, Diagnostic and Summative Assessments, and other associated files (if any).

Web Links

Antebellum Quilts from the Upper Shenandoah Valley
Material Histories, Continuous Threads

For reading strategies go to Just Read Now.
Just Read Now

Attached Files

Support Material     File Extension: pdf

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