Getting Their Hands Dirty in Math

[Recently Ms. Jamie took her math students outside to get their hands dirty.  Math in the garden?  All part of TLC’s garden based learning approach.  Here is what Ms. Jamie had to say.]

We’ve been working on statistics in math and reviewed the following definitions: mean, median, mode, and range.  I decided to take this project to the garden and use plant growth to apply statistics to the real world.  We used the mimio board to create a chart for each student where they will keep information about their plant growth.  After that, we discussed which steps we need to take to grow a plant.

Once we got outside we had to clear out a little plot.  Many of them were hesitant at first but student participation slowly increased.  Then after we put down some mulch each of the students planted their own seeds to (hopefully) grow Zinnias.

Once these plants start to pop up from the ground, we are going to chart out the plant growth and eventually use the data to create a  graph of the growth along with the mean, median, mode, and range of the data set.  If all goes well we will be able to talk about what variables play a part in the plant growth.


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