Students will use objects found in the outdoor classroom to create rectangular arrays and write equations to express the total. Standard(s): 2.NC.OA.4Use addition to find the total number of objects arranged in rectangular arrays with up to 5 rows and up to 5 columns; write an equation to express
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 practice counting up to 20 in a very fun and exciting way. The lesson includes a hands-on component where students will be asked to collect leaves and use them as manipulatives. This lesson is great for kindergarten through first grade.
Students in this lesson will learn about, connect and apply the use of area to a real-world problem—creating a planting guide for the garden. Students will determine the square footage of the garden and use this information, along with a planting chart to create their own plan.
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.