Traditions

Unit of 4 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
3
4
5
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Media / Technology
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Mathematics
Issue Area: 
Arts
Focus Question 

How does an individual use personal interests and an awareness of needs to impact the common good? 

 

Photo Credit:  Quilt by Lara Eakins is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

Students will learn the vocabulary of philanthropy, use literature to discover acts of philanthropy in the making of quilts, and participate in their own quilting bee.

Service Experience 
The learners will: present a "Show and Tell" program describing philanthropy to other classes or organizations. determine if there is a need for quilts in the community, make a quilt and give it away. (optional)
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Traditions
Lesson 2 of 4
Grades: 
3
4
5

The purpose of this unit is to recall that storytelling is a tradition and learn that quilt making is an American tradition. The learner will understand that working collectively brings about change, and that shared values help build communities. They will recognize the value of conflict resolution skills and learn that quilt making filled a need. The learner will also recognize that quilt making was often a family or community activity and that many quilts can be treasured keepsakes for families. This unit will reinforce the concept that traditions, like the threads of a fabric woven together, help build healthy communities.