Math Garden Features & Lessons
Landscaping timbers have been used to create a square, rectangle, pentagon, and hexagon for perimeter, area, and angle measurement lessons. The planting bed areas have been filled with various flowers and shrubs for math activities related to height, distribution, symmetry and data analysis of seeds and flowers.
- 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
Figure This - Students use the planting beds for a lesson related to measurements, perimeter, and area.
Sunflower, Watermelon, & Pumpkin Patches
Students planted various seeds to grow flowers and fruits that can be used for data collection and estimation lessons.
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.
The memorial tree and others will be used for lessons related to similar triangles (determining height.)
Shape Sculptures & Mobiles
Various 3-dimensional shapes (cubes, boxes, cylinders, cones, etc.) and mobiles will be made from plastic shapes and displayed around the pergola and memorial tree for geometry-based lessons.
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
Students created the x- and y-axis of a coordinate plane by painting numbers on bricks placed in between rectangular pavers. The coordinate plane will be used for graphing and geometry activities.
The South garden border will be decorated with number lines for various counting and computation activities. The North garden Border will be decorated with metric and English rulers for use with measurement activities. The East and West borders will be decorated with various mathematical formulas, shapes, and angles that will be used for lessons in the garden.
Mini Math Cards will also be used to create a set of reference cards for students to use in the classroom and the garden. A larger
Mega Math Card is also available.
Students will use the weather station to collect data for lessons in math and science classes.
Students will learn how sundials are used to estimate the time and investigate related math and science concepts. A great sundial lesson is available at the Eye on the Sky website. Other great ideas are to create a Human Sundial or make sundial wristwatches.