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Gardens Throughout the World

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • Locate specific gardens on a global map based on information presented in the lesson.
  • Identify a victory garden as an option that allows people to eat locally grown, healthy food while benefiting both the community and the environment.
  • Compare and contrast gardens throughout the world (location, type of garden and plants, purpose) by creating venn diagrams.
  • Use the contextual information to research a specific garden and summarize research in a paragraph.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Geography Standard 1: Understand the characteristics and uses of maps, globes and other geographic tools (e.g., compasses) and technologies.
  • No specific benchmark applies.

Geography Standard 14: Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know how human activities have increased the ability of the physical environment to support human life in the local community, state, us and other countries (e.g., planting gardens, use of irrigation and dry-land farming techniques to improve crop yields).

Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know ways in which resources can be managed and why it is important to do so (e.g., by planting gardens and eating locally grown fruits and vegetables we reduce the need to transport foods over great distances, reducing fossil fuel emissions).
  • Benchmark # 4:Know human-induced changes that are taking place in different regions and the possible future impacts of these changes (e.g., eating locally grown foods will lessen the amount of fossil fuel emissions which contribute to global warming).

Historical Understandings Standard 2: Understand historical perspective.
  • Benchmark # 2: Understand that specific individuals (e.g., eleanor roosevelt) had a great impact on history.
  • Benchmark # 3: Understand that specific ideas ( the victory garden) had an impact on history.

Materials Needed:
  • Copies of a world map provided (one for each group)
  • Mini plant stickers (one set of six for each group)
  •  "Famous Gardens Throughout the World" handout provided (one per student)
  • Computer with Internet access
  • Writing utensil
  • Chart paper
  • Markers
  • Composition paper  

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Located in: Social Studies

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