Lesson Ideas

The Iditarod Traveling Quilt project is an opportunity for content learning and is aligned to national standards, Common Core Standards, and builds 21st century skills.

Core Content Standards:  Language Arts:  W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.

Iditarod Traveling Quilt Projects align with:

  • Literacy Standards
  • Math Standards
  • Science Standards
  • Common Core
  • 21st Century Teaching and Learning

Lessons and Projects:

Building a Quilt – Directions and Information

General Lesson Ideas for Classrooms Receiving a Quilt  (These are activity/lesson ideas for teachers to use to develop lessons to meet their student’s needs.)

Trek the Quilt: Lesson Plan:

  • Content Standards:  Social Studies:  Goal 3 – Students will understand the interrelationships of people, places, and the environment.  Indicator 1: Analyze information from geographic representation, tools, and technology to define location, place, and region.
  • Content Standards:  Language Arts:  Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
  • Core Content Standards:  Language Arts:  W.6.6. Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others; demonstrate sufficient command of keyboarding skills to type a minimum of three pages in a single sitting.
  • Core Content Standards: Language Arts:  W.6.8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources.

Story Starters or Writing Prompts for any Quilt:

  • Which quilt square carries the most meaningful message and why?
  • Describe in detail any square on the quilt.  Choose words to paint a picture in the readers mind.
  • If you were a square on the quilt, which one would you want to be and  why?
  • Which quilt reminds you of an event or situation in  your own life?  Describe the square and the event or situation that you are reminded of when thinking about the quilt square.
  • What one word on the quilt is the most powerful word and why?
  • Write a 30 second advertisement for TV or radio telling about the quilt.  (Write a 60 second ‘spot’.  Create an advertisement about the quilt that could run in a newspaper or magazine.)
  • What event in your life should you create a quilt square about and why?
  • How are the skills a musher needs similar or different from skills you need?
  • Tell about a time in your life when it felt comforting to wrap up in a quilt!
  • Tell about a time in your life when you needed to warm up!
  • If you could create your own quilt to share a message or tell about a place, what would the quilt be like?
  • Write a short story about ‘your journey’ as if you were a traveling quilt.  Where would you go?  what would you see?  What would you do or who would you want to meet?
  • Make up a poem about this quilt.
  • Interview someone who makes quilts and share what you learn from the interview.

Math Connection: 

  • Measure the dimensions of the quilt.   Measure the dimensions of each square.  Measure the border.  What do you discover?
  • Create a story problem about the quilt.

Lessons specific for Quilt 1:

Language Arts (Middle School, applicable to any grade level) Lesson Plan for Quilt 1, by Martha Dobson, Target® 2011 Iditarod Teacher on the Trail™.  View the PDF Document.

  • W.6.2. Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.

By Mrs. Rickert.  Scavenger Hunt  View the PDF Document.  (Applicable to Language Arts Standards)

Lessons for Quilt 2:

Sample Lesson Plan:  Used With Quilt 2: by Judi Roach.  Scavenger Hunt.  View the PDF Document.

Lessons  for Quilt 4:

Sample Lesson Plan:  Used With Quilt 4:

Tick Tack Toe Game for Quilt 4 by Wanda Ziegelt

Scavenger Hunt to use with Quilt 4 by Cindy Cobleigh

Lessons  for any Quilt or for those following the Quilt Project:

Virtual Quilt:  Challenge students to create ‘quilt squares’ on cloth or paper.  Send us a digital image.  We’ll post the images at this link.

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