Activity I: Vegetable Garden (Grade Level K5)
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Standards:
NCTM Standard 1* Number and Operation (Fractions)
* These standards have been adopted and are based on the information from Principals and Standards for School Mathematics: Discussion Draft, October 1998, National Council Teachers of Mathematics.
In
this activity, students plan their own vegetable garden,
using fractions to figure out how many plots need to
be assigned to each vegetable.
For
this activity, have students work in pairs.
Sean
and Evan are working to plant a vegetable garden. To
help, their mother has divided the plot into 12 smaller
rectangular plots.
Sean
and Evan decide they really like tomatoes, so they plant
1/3 of the garden as tomatoes (T).
They
plant half as many peppers (P).
They
also decide to plant three times more lettuce (L) than
onions (O).
And
they plant the rest in beans (B).
In
the picture of the garden below, figure out many rectangles
Sean and Evan assigned to each vegetable, record the
appropriate letter in each rectangle, and color each
rectangle so that it corresponds with the vegetable.
Tomato—T
(Red)
Peppers—P
Yellow)
Lettuce—L
(Light green)
Onions—O
(White)
Beans—B
(Dark green)
Vegetable
Garden Plot
Questions
to answer:
1.
What fraction of the garden is planted in peppers?
2.
Of all the vegetables you planted, which did you plant
in the least amount? How much of the garden does it
take up? (Onions take up the least amount of the garden.)
3.
Order the vegetables from least to most planted, and
determine what fraction of the garden each occupies.
4.
How much of the garden is occupied by the tomatoes and
lettuce combined?
5.
How much of the garden is not taken up by tomatoes
and lettuce?
6.
What combinations of vegetables would make up one half
of the garden?
