Quilt One: Spending October in California Was Awesome!

7 12 2011

My class received the quilt second on its journey around some of the western states in the US. The quilt arrived in October to Stevens Creek Elementary School, which is located in the city of Cupertino.  My class was thrilled, since they were the first ever class at the school to receive the quilt.

While the quilt was here, my class read the book Balto together. Balto is a true story about the 1925 Diphtheria epidemic that hit Nome, Alaska.  The Iditarod Trail follows the route the sled dogs took to bring medicine to the town. I’ve read the book before with previous classes, but having the quilt added to the fun.  The character traits that a musher and the dogs
need to run along the trail were on the quilt, so we used them quite a lot. Along with Balto, I read the book Granite, another true story about a musher and her lead dog, Granite.  Granite over comes many obstacles to become a
great lead dog that leads the team to victory a couple of times.  After pointing out the Character Traits on the quilt and comparing them to the traits Granite possess, we made an Acrostic Poem with the word Iditarod. The students had to come up with words that describe traits that a sled dog needs in order to race.

For Math, I divided the quilt into coordinates.  I came up with a list of questions about quilt.  The students had to write down the coordinates of the square being asked about.  We had fun with that.

We were very sad to see the quilt go, but now they look forward to seeing the quilt arrive next year.  Hopefully, it will be the one where our square we created is added too.

Click here to view the quilt coordinates activity.

Follow this link to view images from the classroom.

Carolyn Tammel (Room 5 Stevens Creek Elementary)

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