GEOMETRICAL GARDENING

Cindy Boyd   Anthony Ice

Phyllis Slayton   Barb Steinbrunner

CLASS:  Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry.

MATERIALS:  Graph-paper, Ruler/Protractor, Calculator.

GOALS:  To examine perimeter and volume in a usable situation and give students an opportunity to see connections between concepts and "Real-World" situations.

BACKGROUND:  Students should have experience with various formulas of Area, Volume and Perimeter.

SETTING:  Your local school board has appropriated funds to your school for landscaping in order to participate in the local "Operation City Beautiful" project.

PROBLEM:  Your Principal has offered this project for open proposals.  It is your team=s task to design such a proposal to meet the area requirements, improve the looks of the school entrance and spend no more than \$1500.

EVALUATION:  Points will be awarded to each group as follows:

30 points for the written report including:

1) Written description of proposal

2) Scale drawings of the design (overhead & side)

3) Expense sheet

4) List of any assumptions

20 points for the oral presentation

TEACHER NOTES:     Encourage students to collect prices for supplies on their own.

A sample map is provided for this project.  If possible, use an area around your own school to make this project even more meaningful.

A brief discussion is needed to make it clear what landscaping will involve.

STUDENT PROJECT SHEET

GEOMETRICAL GARDENING

MATERIALS:  Graph-paper, Ruler/Protractor, Calculator.

GOALS:  To examine perimeter and volume in a usable situation and give students an opportunity to see connections between concepts and "Real-World" situations.

SETTING:  Your local school board has appropriated funds to your school for landscaping in order to participate in the local "Operation City Beautiful" project.

PROBLEM:     Your Principal has offered this project for open proposals.  It is your team=s task to design such a proposal to meet the area requirements, improve the looks of the school entrance and spend no more than \$1500.

EVALUATION:  Points will be awarded to each group as follows:

30 points for the written report including:

1) Written description of proposal

2) Scale drawing of the design (overhead & side)

3) Expense sheet

4) List of any assumptions

20 points for the oral presentation

 AREA FOR EUCLID LANDSCAPING LANE ENTRANCE SIDEWALK PARKING SCALE:    1 in = 20 ft

 SCHOOL ENTRANCE SIDEWALK ___ SLOPE OF THE YARD

SCALE:  1 in  =  2.5 ft

# SAMPLE SOLUTION

GEOMETRICAL GARDENING

The following is an outline for the proposed landscaping improvement of the entrance of the school.

ASSUMPTIONS:

1) Slope/Elevation of yard is not to be changed.

2) Garden plot is to be low maintenance.

3) Maintenance will provide tools such as:

* shovels

* hand saws

* water hoses

EXPENSES:

1) New Sign           1 @ \$ 200     \$ 200

2) Rail Road Ties      34 @ \$   5     \$ 170

3) Top Soil      1 Truck @ \$  70  \$  70

4) Oak Trees               2 @ \$ 100     \$ 200

5) Pine Trees               2 @ \$  70     \$ 140

6) Spruce Trees          5 @ \$  40     \$ 200

7) Orbitives           4 @ \$  15     \$  60

8) Shrub                  2 @ \$  40       \$  80

9) Evergreen Spreads     15 @ \$  10     \$ 150

10) Plant Flats               20 @ \$   5     \$ 100

TOTAL:    \$1370

1 Truck = 9cubic yards

Estimated Cost   \$ 1500

Proposed Cost    \$ 1370

Amount Saved     \$  130