|Grade:||3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade & 6th Grade|
|Duration:||1 or 2 sessions|
Integrating visual art and social studies
Conceptualize, generate, develop and organize artistic ideas. Refine through persistence, reflection, and evaluation.
Synthesize and relate knowledge with personal meaning relating to societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
Students will understand cultural factors that shape a community.
Evaluate key factors that determine how a community develops.
Learning about the work of the Gee’s Bend Quilters and constructing an abstract quilt reflecting YOUR own story.
Start the lesson with a picture book from the 30 Days Of Diverse Books For 2nd and 3rd Grade. Follow up with books and/or video clips specific to the Gee’s Bend Quilters suggested in the Historical Elements or Resources in this lesson plan.
Show pictures and examples of quilts made by the Gee’s Bend quilters. (Soulsgrowndeep.org has some excellent examples.) Invite students to create a 12×12 inch quilt square that tells the story of their families, traditions, history, and personality. Make and show a quilt square that represents you, the teacher.
This lesson can be finished in a one or two hour sessions.
During a share session students can discuss and compare the details of their quilt squares. They will explain to their classmates the reasons behind the colors, shapes and designs they chose and how they represent THEIR personal story.
Display student’s quilt blocks together to make a classroom quilt mural.