Area of my garden bed

Area of my garden bed

Lesson 13 of 13 in this unit

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  • Year 5 - 6
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Lesson summary

Students are asked to measure the perimeter and area of a range of garden bed shapes. They are also asked to explore how these shapes affect the materials required for creating garden beds and the number of vegetables that can be planted. As a result of this activity students are encouraged to apply their learning and build a garden of their own.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • use perimeter and area to measure parallelograms, triangles and composite shapes
  • use knowledge of vegetables to (theoretically) plant out their garden beds.

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Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum content descriptions:

Mathematics Year 5:

  • Calculate the perimeter and area of rectangles using familiar metric units (ACMMG109)
  • Estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees. Construct angles using a protractor (ACMMG112)
  • Choose appropriate units of measurement for length, area, volume, capacity and mass (ACMMG108)

Mathematics Year 6:

  • Calculate the areas of rectangles using familiar metric units (ACMMG109)
  • Convert between common metric units of length, mass and capacity (ACMMG136)
  • Solve problems involving the comparison of lengths and areas using appropriate units (ACMMG137)
  • Connect volume and capacity and their units of measurement (ACMMG138)

Syllabus OutcomesMA3-10MG, MA3-11MG, MA3-12MG, MA3-16MG, MA3-9MG, MA3‑1WM, MA3‑2WM, MA3‑3WM

Time required: 40 – 60 mins

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium- teacher will need to demonstrate basic geometry on the board.

Resources required

  • Student Worksheet
  • Rulers
  • Graph paper

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