Students design their dream gardens and collectively build a classroom
model. With the help of gardening and landscaping software, they create
a scale model of their garden. Applying metric system skills they
measure their garden model in centimeters and their rooftop garden
in meters. To cap it off, they launch a Clean-up Campaign.
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Rooftop Garden ~ Planting Seeds of Service, e-mail
Sheung, author and AT&T Teacher Disseminator.
Estimate and measure lengths and distance in meters and centimeters.
Demonstrate use of simple measuring tools and record findings.
1. Introduce common garden features:
garden paths, topiary trees, shrubs, etc.
Show examples of landscaping. Choosing
some features, students design their
dream gardens on paper.
2. Prepare live and dried plant materials
such as moss, branches, gravel, clay,
popsicle sticks and floral foam. Students
select one element from their designs,
i.e. garden path or a sculpture, to be
used for a class model.
3. Students define measurement terminology
and use centimeter rulers to measure
lengths and widths of class model and
distances between objects.
4. Divide class into small groups of four
or five students. Students bring their
Measurement Worksheet (Button #1) and
meter sticks to rooftop garden.
5. Rotating groups from station to
station, students measure dimensions
6. Students regroup to review and
check results with a metric trundle wheel.
7. Using software, students create a garden
layout by recording the dimensions
and features of their rooftop garden.
Students make weekly trash collections. They also create and display
posters encouraging the school community to refrain from littering,
and pitch in to keep the garden clean.
Students investigate and discuss the world of outdoor design: landscape
architects, horticulturists, sculptors, graphic designers, topiary
Magazine photos of gardens, live and dried plant materials such as
Spanish moss, fir, cedar, and eucalyptus branches, gravel, modeling
clay, popsicle sticks and floral foams; centimeter rulers, meter sticks,
meter trundle wheel, Measurement Worksheet
Students work with LandDesigner to review garden plans and create
their own design and log on the Internet for landscape features.
Students are evaluated on contributions to the garden model, performance
with measuring tools, and Measurement Worksheet
Measurement Simple The Metric System