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I am a huge fan of Patricia Polacco books! The Keeping Quilt is an easy way to introduce geometry concepts and patterns.
The Keeping Quilt is the life story of Patricia Polacco’s family that has emigrated from Russia and how her Great Gramma Anna passed down her precious quilt to her children for four generations and has remained to be a wonderful treasure to her entire family. "We will make a quilt to help us always remember home," Anna's mother said. "It will be like having the family in back home Russia dance around us at night." Throughout the book the quilt is used as a tablecloth, a wedding canopy, a superhero cape, and a blanket for newborns. It's a beautiful picture book with a touching message.
This book is also great to introduce symbolism: the quilt represents love, faith, and tradition.
Although I think this book is simplistic for geometry for 4th grade, it's a good introduction and most students will be able to make a connection. It also would be great to build community in your classroom by creating a classroom quilt.
Students can draw diagonal lines to create triangles and color to form patterns. It would be great to put favorite summer memories, first week favorites, or goals for the current school year inside the quilt patches. Combine all the quilt patches and form one Class Quilt-symbolism: unity!
Add this book to your collection for social studies too! (great history lesson!)
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