“Our Quilt of Many Colors”: Exploring our Uniqueness, Similarities and Differences through Stories

Amy Mateer, Kindergarten, Selwyn Elementary

Curriculum Unit (PDF)


In this unit, early elementary students begin to have academic conversations with the guidance of their teachers regarding elements of race, identity, cultural awareness and the similarities and differences among their classmates. Through read-aloud books, conversations, activities and a culminating task where students will explore concepts of race, identity, diversity and culture. This unit aligns with the North Carolina Social Studies standards on culture. This unit is composed of four parts to complete over the course of the year in each quarter or periodically throughout the school year. At the end of each part students will complete one square of their individual quilt that explores the concepts being taught throughout the unit. At the end of the unit, students will take their four-block square quilt and add it to their classmates’ quilt to create a classroom quilt that shows the similarities and differences of each person in our classroom. At the end of the unit we will share our individual quilts as well as look at the uniqueness of each square and how when we put all of the pieces together – we have created a unique and beautiful quilt showcasing each one of us in our classroom community.