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On the Cover: Find the Mathematics... in the Garden!
After planting seeds:
1. You can have students color in final answers so that it is
easier for students to share their work and/or return to
it on another day.
2. Have each student create a graph showing the number
of seeds that they planted in each column.
3. Have students compare graphs with questions such as:
a. How many more seeds does Student A have in the
first column than Student B?
b. Compare the number of red seeds that you and
your partner have in row _____.

Middle School
6th Grade
1. The "law" of significant enclosure states that when
building an enclosure the vertical side of the enclosure
must be one-third the length of the horizontal side
of the enclosure. We want to use this law to make a
proportionally perfect garden space.
* Use this information and the graphic to come up
with three different vertical and horizontal lengths
of a garden space that would satisfy this law.

3rd - 5th Grades
Allow students to choose their own plant and present
information about it. Depending on the students'
preference, the visuals can be created by hand on materials
such as poster boards or online using tools such as
PowerPoint. Another option would be for students to
use platforms such as Kahoot or Flipgrid to share their
information.
Questions to help guide students' mathematical
exploration:
1. Planting Time:
a. When is the best time to plant this seed where
you live?
b. When would you plant this seed? Pick a month
and day.
c. Harvest means that the plant is full grown. If it is
a vegetable, it would be ready to pick. If you plant
your seeds on the day you chose, when would the
plant be full grown?

7th Grade
2. I am looking to create a rectangular raised flower bed
similar to the picture. However, I have only bought
enough mulch to fill a structure with a volume of 30
cubic feet. What are some dimensions I could use
to build my flower bed with the amount of mulch I
have?
Encourage students to find more than one solution!

2. Planting the Seed:
a. How much space should be between each plant?
b. If you have a garden that is 20 feet wide, how
many plants can you put in one row?
c. If you can put 6 rows of plants in your garden, how
many total plants will you have in the garden?
3. Important Information:
a. What are other important facts that we need to
know about this plant?
b. Create your own word problem using these facts.
*While these questions are focused on mathematics, science
and other subject areas can easily be integrated into this
activity.
Students can access information about a
plant of their choice at
https://www.seedsofchange.com/seeds.
The information about each seed is provided in English and Spanish.

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8th Grade
3. Write the new coordinates of the red dot for each of
the following transformations:
a. Reflect the pink flower over the y-axis.
b. Translate the green pot of flowers nine units to
the right and two units up.
c. Rotate the orange butterfly 90° counterclockwise
about the origin.
*Bonus: What is another way to describe this
transformation in part c?

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