Square foot gardening is one way that ensures a vegetable garden bed can thrive. It is used to ensure not too many plants of a specific variety are planted in a single area. Using the square foot model keeps plants properly spaced, providing a perfect real-world context to teach area, apply multiplication strategies and have students work collaboratively. Most garden beds are 8 x 4 resulting in 32 square feet to work with. It is possible however to have beds of different sizes. While 32 square feet to work with is what is used in this lesson, the methods and chart can be used for any rectangular planting area.
Students will use their knowledge of appropriate tools and units and determine when to measure liquid volume or weight.
In this lesson, students will choose a feature in the outdoor classroom to measure using a selected tool (tape, ruler, or yard/meter stick). They will sketch feature and label its dimensions.
Students will identify which unit of measure inch, foot or yard) is best for measuring various items in the outdoor garden. They will then apply the use of the appropriate tool to measure a variety of objects to the nearest marker.
STUDENT ACTIVITY -- 2nd Grade -- TX/GAThis is a distance-learning lesson students can complete at home.Students will identify which unit of measure-inch, foot or yard-is best for measuring various items in the outdoor space. Then, they will use the appropriate tool to measure a variety of objects to the nearest marker.This activity was created by Out Teach (out-teach.org), a nonprofit providing outdoor experiential learning to transform Science education for students in under-served communities.
How can we use area and multiplication to measure the amount of space an area has?Students will explore the concepts of multiplication and area by measuring rectangular planting beds in the garden.