Check out the video about our Math Garden project.
Our Helping Hands
Interactive Math Garden
The Interactive Math Garden was developed in Spring 2010 as a new addition to our Nature Center. It has been designed with specific features that can be used for math lessons at each grade level. From the development of the garden this spring to the lessons in the fall, students will have the opportunity to explore real-world applications of math in the world around them.
To fund the project, we received a $500 grant from the Logan, Mason, Menard Regional Office of Education, along with generous donations from our Helping Hands (see list at right) provided the resources to fund this project. Eighth-grade students and Science Club members provided the man power needed to create the math garden and its features.
Math Garden Goals
Math Garden Features & Lessons
Estimatation Challenge - Students measure their hands, feet, and stride to help them estimate the permiter of the planting beds in the gardenb. The download provides worksheets for both metric and English units. Powerpoints for each lesson are also available (metric or English)
Figure This - Students use the planting beds for a lesson related to measurements, perimeter, and area.
Sunflower, Watermelon, & Pumpkin Patches
Lesson: Sunflower Math Challenge - Students use sunflowers for measurement, perimeter, and area lessons. They are also challenged to estimate the number of seeds on their sunflower.
Shape Sculptures & Mobiles
Lesson: Shape Sorter - Students use shape mobiles for measurement, perimeter, and area lessons. They also use the shapes to investigate angles and other relationships between polygons.
Stepping Stone Axis
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If you have any questions about the Interactive Math Garden project, please contact Mrs. Tracy (Trimpe) Tomm, project coordinator!
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