Counting, sorting, measuring, estimating, weighing, graphing, and comparing are just some of the ways we use our math brains in the garden.
So take off your "Gardener" hat and put on your "Mathematician" hat. Here we go!
Today we'll be learning about area and perimeter.
If you're in 4th or 5th grade, you may have already learned about area and perimeter from your super amazing teacher. It's helpful to actually see what you've learned applied in the real world, so, I hope this garden math lesson will help support what you already know!
*We use area and perimeter all the time in the garden - it helps us build fences and estimate how much soil to add to a garden bed.
It also helps us plan what plants to plant.
(Try saying that 3 times fast! Plan what plants to plant, plan what plants to plant. Plan what plants to plant...)
The area is the "plantable" part of the garden (it's the space with all the soil, the inside of the rectangle).
Or, length x width:
8 + 8 + 2 + 2 = 20 feet
***What's the perimeter of this garden bed in inches???
8ft x 2ft x 1ft = 16 CUBIC FEET