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Planning a Garden Using a Grid

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • Identify the basic needs and developmental stages of various plants.
  • Design and construct a garden plan that meets the needs of specific plants.
  • Use measurement tools (e.g, rulers) and an understanding of basic units of measure to subdivide an existing grid into smaller units (e.g. one unit equals one square foot).
  • Interpret graphic representations of data and use it in practical applications.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
45 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Science Standard 5: Understand the structure and function of cells and organisms.
  • Benchmark # 1: Know that plants and animals progress through life cycles of birth, growth and development, reproduction, and death; the details of these life cycles are different for different organisms.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know that living organisms have distinct structures and body systems that serve specific functions in growth, survival, and reproduction (e.g., pumpkins grow on vines that move along the ground, beans have tendrils that hold onto a fence or trellis and climb upward).

Science Standard 6: Understand relationships among organisms and their physical environment.
  • Benchmark # 3: Know that an organism’s patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism’s environment (e.g., availability of food and resources, physical characteristics of the environment-paths, trellises).

Mathematics Standard 4: Understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
  • Benchmark # 2: Select and use appropriate tools for given measurement situations (e.g., rulers for length, protractors for drawings circles).
  • Benchmark # 3: Know approximate size of basic standards of units and the relationships between them (e.g., between feet and inches).
  • Benchmark # 4: Understand relationships between measures (e.g., between length, perimeter and area).

Mathematics Standard 5: Understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of geometry.
  • Benchmark # 7: understand how scale in maps and drawings show relative size and distance.

Materials Needed:
  • Summer and Fall Grid worksheets provided below
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Plant data chart sample provided below

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf GridGardensSUMMER.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf GridGardensWINTER.pdf
Located in: Math | Science

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