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Thematic Unit


Checklist for the Quilt


Letters and pictures should be friendly and heartfelt wishes of comfort to warm a child’s heart.  They are a way to send greetings from one child to another. 


Pictures should express something the student   cares for, or loves.   Some examples are: flowers, hearts, your puppy, your family, and rainbows. What pictures would make you happy to sleep under at night and dream nice dreams? 


Letters and pictures should be:

• Nondenominational: letters and pictures should make no references to religion

• Nonpolitical: letters and pictures should make no reference to political views (no flags)

• Nonviolent: letters and pictures should not have themes that may scare a child (no guns, helicopters, airplanes, trucks, tanks, rain) Please no words on quilt squares. The letters can be written separately.



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Content area: Thematic Unit Interdisciplinary Unit
Grade Level: Variable


  • Focus the student’s interests in the greater world.
  • Encourage higher order thinking using reflective inquiry
  • Capture wonder and excitement through interactive subject matter of a culture.
  • Emphasize the student as a world citizen.
  • Provide a variety of hands on activities to get students involved in problem solving.
  • Promote problem solving through open-ended and extended- answer questions.
  • Involve child in discussion on current issues.
  • Promote cooperative problem solving activities.
  • Expand the student’s horizon of a culture through storytelling, research, art, economics, and practical activities.

Objectives: Visual Art

  • Recognize that visual rhythm can be achieved be repetition of color, shape, value, and overlapping shapes
  • Recognize symmetrical (equal and unequal balance in a two- dimensional composition)

Objectives Social Studies:

  • Recognize issues and concern of community
  • Know the use of physical and political maps
  • Recognize the world’s people depend on each other for resources, protection, and the solution of problems.
  • Recognize historical/ cultural contributions of different societies through time

Objectives: Language Arts:

  • Improve mechanical writing skills
  • The student will locate and apply information using reference, study, and life skills
  • Compose original paragraphs
  • Compose original letters
  • Compose a newspaper article (interview each other)

Objective: Math

  • Measurement (yard, inches, half inch, and quarter inch)-measuring quilt square, sashing of fabric between quilt squares…measure finished quilt,
  • Counting quilt squares…counting money earned to get the quilt quilted and sent
  • Adding squares needed to make a certain size quilt

Supporting activities:
Discussion of where quilts will go

  • Decide to make a quilt to warm the children/ orphans
  • Discuss what should be on a friendship quilt

No violent images (to scare children-no airplanes, helicopters, tanks, trucks, etc
Non-denominational (do not try to change their religion)
Nonpolitical (nothing to scare children there, no flags)

Discuss what would make a child happy to sleep under

  • Draw paper picture (teacher proof)
  • Draw picture on fabric
  • Write letters to children
  • Map work- finding the United States, Afghanistan, China India, Iraq, Israel,
    Romania, South Africa, Swaziland, Tibet, Zambia or other countries


  • A basic foundation knowledge of map reading
  • Ability to acquire and use information
  • Ability to make decisions
  • Ability to make judgments
  • Ability to communicate verbally, manually, and artistically
  • Readiness for social participation

Interdisciplinary Activities:
Theme Unit: Quilts for Children around the World
Grade level: Adaptable
Unit length: variable (one hour to two weeks)

Academic Plan:

  • School Calendar
  • Materials to be taught (taken from the Tennessee Comprehensive Curriculum guide, Core Curriculum Guidelines, and other resources)

I. Social Studies: geography, history, economics, current events
II. Science: earth science, earth, land forms, weather
III. Language Arts: writing skills, thinking skills, note taking, punctuation
IV. Math: Counting change measuring to the nearest inch, half inch, quarter inch
V. Art: patterns, symmetry, color placement, color coordination, historical and cultural contribution

Class Schedule: variable

Instructional Objectives: (see outline)

Assessment: Letter writing, teacher observation of contributions during classroom
discussion and group participation, pictures on paper and cloth.

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