FREEDOM QUILTS – Geometry, Pattern, Controversy

Students follow instructions on a step-by-step worksheet to measure and draw an Underground Railroad quilt block on construction paper. Then they outline it with glue and colour it with construction paper crayons.

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FREEDOM QUILTS – Geometry, Pattern, Controversy


  • Crayola Construction Paper - 20.9 cm x 30.5 cm (9" x 12")
  • Crayola Construction Paper Crayons - 16 Count
  • Crayola Washable No-Run School Glue
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers - 24 Count
  • Crayola Erasable Coloured Pencils - 12 Count
  • Rulers
  • Erasers


Step 1
  1. Follow the instructions on the worksheet to draw one of the quilt patterns, for example, the FLYING GEESE pattern.
  2. Draw with an erasable coloured pencil the same colour as your construction paper.
Step 2
  1. Use Crayola Washable glue to draw over all the lines.
  2. Set the paper aside and allow the glue to dry for 3 hours.
Step 3
  1. Use Construction Paper Crayons to colour each section of the pattern. Remember to:
    - create patterns that look like fabric
    - make the large triangles contrast with the small triangles so the 'geese' stand out
    - make the large triangles in one quadrant darker, or different than the others
    - press hard with the crayon to get deep, rich colours
Step 4
  1. Use a fine line marker to draw short, broken lines to look like stitch marks all around the edges of the square and the triangles.
  2. Use a ruler to guide your hand as you draw.
Step 5
  1. Use a fine line marker to write about the secret message in the quilt pattern. Remember to:
    - draw light pencil lines to guide your printing
    - check spelling and accuracy
    - print neatly in pencil first, then write over it with fine line marker
    - carefully erase all pencil lines
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Mathematics,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts

  • Grades:

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6

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