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Designing a Native Plants Garden

Lesson Description:
Students will ...
  • Discuss the types of plants they have seen around their homes;
  • Discuss differences between vegetation in different parts of the united states, using a web site that shows u.s. landscape and vegetation pictures;
  • Create "native plants scrapbooks" based on native plants they learn about on a web site; and
  • Design native plant gardens that contain the plants they have learned about.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
2-3 hours
Standards Addressed:
Connections to the curriculum:
  • Geography, Life Science

Connections to the National Geography Standards:
Standard 8: "The characteristics and spatial distribution of ecosystems on Earth's surface"
Geographic Skills:
  • acquiring geographic information
  • organizing geographic information
  • analyzing geographic information

Materials Needed:
  • computer with internet access
  • drawing materials
  • (optional) blank xpeditions outline map of the united states

School or Group:
National Geographic
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