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Launching Laudable Landscapes

Lesson Description:
Students find or design their own garden plan while using knowledge of geometry and shapes, with the potential of actually implementing the garden design in their school or community. This lesson adheres to Louisiana mathematics content standards.
Lesson Type:
  • Group Work
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
Ten 50 minute class periods
Standards Addressed:
Louisiana mathematics content standards
  •   standard - measurement: in problem-solving investigations, students demonstrate an understanding of the concepts, processes, and real-life applications of measurement.
    • m-1-h (9-12): selecting and using appropriate units, techniques, and tools to measure quantities in order to achieve specified degrees of precision, accuracy, and error (or tolerance) of measurements
    • m-3-h (9-12): estimating, computing, and applying physical measurement using suitable units (e.g., calculate perimeter and area of plane figures, surface area and volume of solids presented in real-world situations)
  • standard - geometry: in problem-solving investigations, students demonstrate an understanding of geometric concepts and applications involving one-, two-, and three-dimensional geometry, and justify their findings.
    • g-1-h (9-12): identifying, describing, comparing, constructing, and classifying geometric figures in two and three dimensions using technology where appropriate to explore and make conjectures about geometric concepts and figures
    • g-4-h (9-12): using inductive reasoning to predict, discover, and apply geometric properties and relationships (e.g., paper constructions, sum of the angles in a polygon)
    • g-4-m (5-8): constructing two- and three-dimensional models
    • g-5-m (5-8): making and testing conjectures about geometric shapes and their properties
    • g-7-m (5-8): demonstrating the connection of geometry to the other strands and to real-life situations (e.g., applications of the pythagorean theorem)

Materials Needed:
  • computer with internet connection
  • software: microsoft® power point®
  • student sheet 1: hot list of formal gardens
  • complete list of materials available in attached documents 

School or Group:
National Teacher Training Institute
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