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The Garden Club – growing plants activity

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Created on 06 April 2010 by ncetm_administrator
Updated on 03 September 2010 by ncetm_administrator

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The Garden Club

Resource description:
Our local Parish Council offered us a piece of land to develop as a Garden Club for the children.
Teacher comment: 
The staff and children were involved from the beginning of the project. Planning on how the space should be divided up, what we should grow, when we should harvest and what we should make from it to eat.

What we did:
From the start the children helped with the planting, making sure that the plants had enough space to grow. Once green buds broke the surface the children would visit the garden on a daily basis to measure the plants. The children would count and record the size of the plants with differing values of accuracy!
I would ask:
Can you find the strawberry plant?
How many beans can you find?
Which do we have the most of?
How tall? (using marks on a ruler)

We would ask them to count how tall the plant was using the ruler and then to record their answer.

When the plants were harvested the children took part in a cookery program which involved counting, weighting and measuring.

garden club activity, measuring plant


We altered the task as time went on and did different things with the children. One task was linked to a sunflower we grew indoors. The children made comparisons with the height of the plants outside, the sunflower and their own height. As only some of the children (at the start) could recognise the numbers on the ruler it was a counting together exercise. Yet as time went on it became a count on exercise with some children developing a much greater understanding of what larger numbers such as 20 means. It has made us appreciate the real valve of learning maths in the developing environment of a garden.

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