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10. Building a quilt (A)

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/K/G/B/6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
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Lesson objective: Apply understanding of how shapes work together to create larger objects and shapes.

This lesson provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge and understanding of two-dimensional shapes to a real-life situation. Students are asked to design a quilt using different pattern blocks.

Key Concept students will use:

  • you can compose simple shapes to form larger shapes

Skills students will use:

  • shape attributes to determine two-dimensional shapes.
  • compose larger shapes out of smaller shapes.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 5 (use tools strategically and appropriately) as they use pattern blocks in a way that represents their understanding of how shapes work together to create larger shapes. Understanding that shapes fit together in different ways is an important skill for students to recognize.  This is done by allowing students to use manipulatives to physically move the pattern block shapes around and explore how they work together.

Key vocabulary: 

  • hexagon
  • parallelogram
  • rectangle
  • rhombus
  • square
  • trapezoid
  • triangle

Special materials needed:

  • pattern blocks