Vermont School Garden

A visit to a Vermont public school garden through the seasons.

Summer 2015 Garden News: Summer Camp Math

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six inches apart

six inches apart

The Westminster summer campers learned more about area and perimeter in an outdoor setting. They measured the perimeters of  garden plots with string. Then they brought their measurements back inside where  their math work was shared with the class. In groups they decided how many lettuce plants would fit into certain spaces. Tiles were used to represent square feet and clay to represent lettuce plants. These were mixed groups of children from 6 to 10 years old. They listened respectfully to each others’ ideas. They learned a lot about real math work while having fun in the garden. Scroll down to see more:

measuring perimeter Measuring perimeter.helping measure circumferencePerimeter:  total distance around the plot. help measuring circumference Just how many feet is that?circumference measured filling area showing work Area: square feet within the perimeter. How many square feet?How many lettuces in 18 square feet? How many lettuce plants will fit?sharing math workStudent thinking shared with the class 1st grade through 5th grade.

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Author: vermontschoolgarden

I have been an elementary teacher at the Westminster Center School for 30 years. For most of those years, I maintained a garden as part of my teaching curriculum resource. Now I am the Garden Coordinator for all of the Westminster Center School classrooms.

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