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On the Cover: Find the Mathematics... in the Garden!
Melissa Donham, Hannah Anderson & Brandy Crowley

Elementary
PK-Kindergarten
Provide each student with a five- or ten-frame that represents their garden.
Allow each student to plant seeds (Unifix cubes) filling up their entire
garden with one flower per box (one-to-one correspondence).
Encourage students to compare their gardens by using these questions.
The online spinners can be used to randomly select numbers and colors
Spin for a color
1. Who has the most ___?
2. Who has the least ___?
3. Who didn't plant any
___?

Spin for a number
1. Who has ___ seeds?
2. Who has more than ___
seeds?
3. Who has less than ___
seeds?

Spin for a number and then
a color
1. Who has ___ seeds that
are ____?

No spinner required
1. How many seeds do
you have in all?
2. If you remove all the
yellow seeds, how
many seeds do you
have now?

Online Spinners for this activity:
1-5 Spinner

https://bit.ly/1-5spinner

1-10 Spinner

https://bit.ly/1-10spinner

Color Spinner

http://thewessens.net/
ClassroomApps/Main/spin.
html?topic=utilities&id=4
You can input the colors of
seeds (Unifix cubes) that
you will be using.

1st - 2nd Grades
Provide students with a blank 100s chart and centimeter
cubes. Provide them with the following clues and let
them figure out how to place their seeds (centimeter
cubes) in their garden (blank 100s chart). Answers will
vary providing the class with an opportunity to discuss
different solutions. This is also a great opportunity to
encourage productive struggle.

Seed Clues:
These clues can be modified based on students' needs.
1. Your garden has:
Seed Color

Number of
Seeds

Red

10

Blue

15

Yellow

9

Orange

3

Green

15

2. Each row and column in your garden has to have at
least one seed.
3. Red seeds cannot be next to blue seeds.
4. Yellow seeds have to be next to orange seeds.
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