# Garden Design Project

6-7 yrs old

Art and Design

Climate & Environment

Math & Economics

This lesson designed by Nathan Gourzelas, Eltham East Primary School. Extending on a math project students bring designed gardens to life.

Submitted By: Victorian Minecraft Innovators

April 27, 2021

#### Skills

• Creativity
• Critical Thinking
• Project Based Learning

#### Supporting Files

Garden Plan Checklist and Rules

Student design rules

Garden Shop

Costings and expenses for garden inventory

Teach Starter Garden Design Project

Teacher resources for project

### Learning Objectives

• Construct your designed garden in a 3D space Students complete a math project involving measurement and financial concepts. When students have finished the Garden Design Project 2 dimensional designs in math lessons, they are to use Minecraft to build their designed 17 x 17 square garden. This session can be used to reinforce area and perimeter concepts and celebrate student achievements with the project.

### Guiding Ideas

What is a garden?

Why do humans build gardens?

How do different types of gardens serve human needs?

### Student Activities

The student's task is to develop an individual plan for a garden.

They will plan a vegetable garden, a flower garden or maybe even a bonsai garden. The design and contents of the garden is completely up to them. To begin, students will need to select the types of plants and features (like rocks, paths and water) in their garden. Next, they will need to plan the layout. This is done on the 17x17 grid worksheet in the Garden Design Project.pdf.

As they work on their gardens, they need to make sure to complete the items on the Garden Plan Checklist also in the Garden Design Project.pdf

Garden Plan Checklist

• 4 different sized garden beds with the area and perimeters calculated.
• 1 symmetrical garden bed.
• 10 different plants/seedlings in your garden, labelled in the key.
• At least 5 different 2D shapes labelled in your design.
• Calculation of how much your garden will cost to construct.
• An explanation of why your garden should be picked as the best.

Students calculate the costs of their garden features using the Garden Shop prices.
When this 2D (paper) version of their garden is completed, students can begin creating their 3D designs in Minecraft to replicate their design.

NOTE: Depending on school availability, students could host a competition with their designs and physically build chosen gardens, or create a mashup of several admired design features, in the school grounds.

### Performance Expectations

Expected results are:

• The constructed garden is a mirror image of their drawn plan
• It takes up 17 x 17 squares
• Appropriate materials are used to build the chosen features of their drawn garden design

Victorian Curriculum
Mathematics: Measurement and Geometry

• Location and transformation: Create and interpret simple grid maps to show position and pathways

#### Skills

• Creativity
• Critical Thinking
• Project Based Learning

#### Supporting Files

Garden Plan Checklist and Rules

Student design rules

Garden Shop

Costings and expenses for garden inventory

Teach Starter Garden Design Project

Teacher resources for project