With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this resource offers you and your students a fun, engaging way to address both English Language Arts and social studies Common Core standards!
In this product, students learn about the slave "quilt codes," a theory that believes slaves used various quilt squares to help lead them along the Underground Railroad and to freedom. There are also four book study resources that could be utilized in a guided reading or literature circle setting. The four books are "How Many Days to America: A Thanksgiving Story" by Eve Bunting, "Show Way" by Jacqueline Woodson, "The Patchwork Path: A Quilt Map to Freedom" by Bettye Stroud, and "The Thanksgiving Story" by Alice Dalgliesh. The highlight of this unit is when students create their own classroom quilt, showing item(s) that they are truly thankful for. This project made an impact on my students and helped build community within our room. It is a project I am going to do every year now!
This resource could be used during the time leading up to Thanksgiving, but could also be used throughout the year, as well. Although it was designed to supplement the TCI social studies unit,chapter 6-Regions of our Country, it is not necessary to have that particular unit of study. This could be used in a whole class or small group setting, or even within an intervention setting.
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