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Design a Colonial Garden

Lesson Description:
Students will be able to...
  • Identify and describe aspects of life in colonial america as they relate to gardening, and the growing of crops for foods and medicines.
  • Find the perimeter and area of a plane geometric figure using the appropriate formula.
  • Construct a garden design using drawings of two-dimensional figures.
  • Identify congruent shapes and use motion geometry (flips, turns, slides) to position elements in a garden design plan.
  • Identify and describe the lines of symmetry on plane geometric figures using drawings.

Lesson Type:
  • Project

Sustainability Topic:
  • Gardening

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Thumb Challenge

Time Needed:
60 minutes
Standards Addressed:
Mathematics Standard 4: Understand and apply the basic and advanced properties of the concepts of measurement.
  • Benchmark # 1: Understandthe basic measures perimeter, area, volume, capacity, mass, angle and circumference.
  • Benchmark # 2: Select and use appropriate tools for given measurement situations (e.g., rulers for length, protractors for drawings circles).
  • Benchmark # 4: Understandrelationships 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 # 1: know basic geometric language for describing and naming shapes.
  • Benchmark # 2: Understand basic properties of figures (e.g., symmetry).
  • Benchmark # 4: Understandthat basic shapes can be congruent or similar.
  • Benchmark # 5: Use motion geometry (e.g., turns, flips, slides) to understand geometric relationships.
  • Benchmark # 6: Understandcharacteristics of lines (e.g., parallel, perpendicular and intersecting) and angles (e.g., right, acute).
  • Benchmark # 7: Understandhow scale in maps and drawings show relative size and distance.

History Standard 2: Understand the history of a local community and how communities in north america varied long ago.
  • Benchmark # 3: Understand the historical development and daily life of a colonial community (e.g. Plymouth Plantations, Colonial Williamsburg).

Materials Needed:
  • Chart paper
  • Poster marker
  • Clipboards
  • Rulers
  • Scissors
  • Protractors
  • Grid paper
  • Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
  • Example of a colonial garden design  

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
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Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Designa_ColonialGarden.pdf
Located in: Social Studies

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