In this week’s “Education News You Can Use” segment on KGUN9’s The Morning Blend, eighth grade students discussed their project to turn the school’s Heart Garden into a creative and beautiful masterpiece using many math skills.
The Fairy Garden project was initiated by one of our middle school math teachers with her Algebra 1 class after she saw a parent working on the heart-shaped garden. The teacher thought it would be great for the students to take the lead in tending to the garden while working on math, so she worked to turn the building of the garden into a math project and turn the heart-shaped garden planter into a fairy garden.
Rather than planting flowers, the teacher and her eighth grade Algebra 1 students knew it would be more cost effective to incorporate trinkets and scenes into the garden. The garden was divided into multiple sections for the 21 students to work in small groups with. Students picked a theme and had to create structures, water features and landscaping for each section. Students had to propose a budget – and stick to it – for each section while also making each section of the garden flow to the next section to allow for the entire garden to flow together. Working on the garden, students used a number of Algebra and geometry skills to create their designs.
The Heart Garden – also known as the Fairy Garden – has created a lasting memory for the eighth grade students, many of whom have attended Tucson Country Day School since preschool. The garden is very popular too – with students, parents and families stopping by to check out this garden full of amazing and intricate detailed pieces.
Tucson Country Day School will be featured each Wednesday during The Morning Blend’s segment “Education News You Can Use.” The Morning Blend airs weekdays from 11am-12pm.
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