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Silk Hope School experiences quilting connections

Posted Friday, February 23, 2007

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Silk Hope, NC - Math, literature, history, folk art, and technology came together in the Silk Hope media center on Friday, February 2, as the third, fourth, and fifth grade teaching teams participated in an afternoon of Quilting Connections. The program included booktalks, quilt legends, history, and mathematics connections to quilting and was presented by Chatham County Schools Math Resource Teacher Beth Sweeney-Newman and Media Coordinator Kim Johnson.

Teachers had the chance to interact with new instructional technology as they participated in activities on the Smart Board, an interactive white board. Next, students coached the teachers, who put quilt designs together in front of the students. Finally, the students broke into groups and put their own quilt puzzles together.

“We got to put quilt designs together. We learned about some books that have quilts in them. We learned that quilt designs have polygons in them. We learned that there was symmetry and we had to use transformations.” Chase Hayhurst

Students could hardly wait to get back to their classrooms to get started with their quilting take-away activities that required students to place their quilt designs on a coordinate plane (grid).

Teachers were invited to an after-school reception where they were able to meet Sweeney-Newman and discuss mathematics connections to various curriculum areas, as well as receive curriculum-related materials.

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