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Group Size: 10 – 40 students; 1 adult chaperone per 10 students.

Available: Monday – Friday

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Patterns and Shapes in Quilts

Grades K - 3
60 minutes

Students use quilts in the DAR Museum collection to learn both math and history. The program focuses on object-based learning following national standards. Students use grade-appropriate geometry to examine existing quilts and create their own quilt designs using different shapes. Students discover what it was like to live at the time the quilts were made and how quilt making was a social activity.

This program involves spatial awareness, counting skills, and shape and pattern recognition. We will be moving around the museum’s various galleries to keep kids on their toes!

Common Core Standards


  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.1 Describe objects in the environment using names of shapes, and describe the relative positions of these objects using terms such as above, below, beside, in front of, behind, and next to.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.A.2     Correctly name shapes regardless of their orientations or overall  size.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.4 Analyze and compare two- and three-dimensional shapes, in different sizes and orientations, using informal language to describe their similarities, differences, parts (e.g., number of sides and vertices/“corners”) and other attributes (e.g., having sides of equal length).
  • CCSS.Math.Content.K.G.B.6 Compose simple shapes to form larger shapes. For example, “Can you join these two triangles with full sides touching to make a rectangle?”

First Grade   

  • CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.2. “…create a composite shape, and compose new shapes from the composite shape”
  • CCSS.Math.Content.1.G.A.3. “…using the words halves, fourths, and quarters, and use the phrases half of, fourth of, and quarter of.”

Second Grade   

  • CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.1. “Identify triangles, quadrilaterals, pentagons, hexagons …”
  • CCSS.Math.Content.2.G.A.3. “using the words halves, thirds, half of, a third of, etc.”
  • CCSS.Math.Content.2.OA.C.3. “Determine whether a group of objects (up to 20) has an odd or even number of members, e.g., by pairing objects or counting them by 2s…”

Third Grade

  • CCSS.Math.Content.3.G.A.1     “Understand that shapes in different categories (e.g., rhombuses, rectangles, and others) may share attributes (e.g., having four sides), and that the shared attributes can define a larger category (e.g., quadrilaterals). Recognize rhombuses, rectangles, and squares as examples of quadrilaterals...”