Quilt Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are quilts and how are they made? This lesson plan outlines interesting facts about quilts for students. A quilting activity solidifies understanding.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • explain what a quilt is
  • explain the techniques used to make quilts
  • list the uses of quilts


45 to 90 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (e.g., gaining the floor in respectful ways, listening to others with care, speaking one at a time about the topics and texts under discussion).


Build on others' talk in conversations by linking their comments to the remarks of others.


Ask for clarification and further explanation as needed about the topics and texts under discussion.


Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.


Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.


  • A formal definition for the word 'quilt'
  • Several photographs of quilts of different styles and patterns
  • A small quilt
  • A fat quarter sample
  • Batting
  • Thread
  • An image of a quilt with a purpose (e.g. the AIDs quilt)
  • An image of an historical quilt
  • Scrapbooking paper in assorted colors, designs, and patterns
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Rulers

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