## Reflection: ELL Students Navigating the Stars - Section 3: Independent Work

After students participated in this lesson and a previous lesson making the Flying Geese quilt pattern, they were prepared to make additional quilt patterns from the handout.

The Underground Railroad Quilt Code Patterns

All students were very excited to make different quilt patterns especially after they read the picture book, The Patchwork Path.

Many of the books they are reading refer to quilts and their patterns.

Such as:

Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt

Under the Quilt of Night

The Secret to Freedom

These two lessons gave all students the background skills and experiences they needed to make additional quilt blocks on their own.  All they needed was a picture of the pattern and they could figure out how to make it.

Last year, when I used this activity as a center activity, many kids struggled with it because they did not have the visualization skills and the abilities to look at a pattern and recreate it given the necessary materials.  This year, engaging the students in two explicit lessons on how to divide up their paper using a ruler and giving them ample experiences with arranging the 2" by 2" squares and right triangles provided them with the skills needed to be able to determine what was needed to make just about any quilt block.

ELL Students: Giving Students Freedom to Create

# Navigating the Stars

Unit 7: Historical Fiction- Slavery and the Civil War
Lesson 14 of 15

## Big Idea: Teach Precision with Tools.

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