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DESIGNING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN
For this Web Quest, as for the Chapter 5 Chapter Task, students will use their growing knowledge of 2-D measurement to create and describe a design. Building on the Chapter 4 Web Quest topic of vermicomposting, student will work in pairs to create a design for a butterfly garden, which will incorporate shapes worked with in Chapter 5 Nelson Mathematics 7 . Students will be responsible for calculating the area and perimeter of these shapes.
a calculator (optional) a geoboard (optional)
pattern blocks (optional)
Your child should be familiar with the following vocabulary:
parallelogram - a quadrilateral with equal and parallel opposite sides
trapezoid - a quadrilateral with only one pair of parallel sides
area - the number of square units needed to cover a surface
formula - a rule represented by symbols, numbers, or letters, often in the form of an equation
base - the line segment that is perpendicular to the height
isosceles trapezoid - a trapezoid where the non-parallel sides have equal lengths
HELPING YOUR CHILD THROUGH THE TASK
FROM STUDENT PAGE
Now that your school has started up a vermicomposting program, your principal has been thinking about what you can do with all the fertilizer (castings) the worms are producing. One idea is to create a school butterfly/wildflower garden, which could be funded by the sales of bags of the worm castings. What would be some of the benefits of this type of project?
NOTES FOR PARENTS:
This Web Quest was designed to be done in pairs. While it can be completed individually, your child would benefit from having you collaborate with him or her on the design and 2-D measurement of shapes.
Whith your child, read the Introduction. Brainstorm possible advantages of having a butterfly garden on school property. Possible advantages could include: creation of habitat for butterflies and other insects/animals; a way to put use the worm castings; opportunity to learn about a) butterflies and other insects and wildlife that might be attracted to the garden, b) native plants, and c) growing cycles first hand; it would be aesthetically pleasing and a nice place to spend time.
Your principal has asked Grade 7 students to submit butterfly garden designs. With a partner, design a garden. Your design must include the following shapes:
three complex shapes
Together, read the Task section of the Student Page. Ensure your child is clear on what is expected of him or her. The number and type of shapes to be included in the garden design can be adapted to meet your child's specific needs.
For extra support, have your child model the shapes he or she plans to include in his or her design on a geoboard or with pattern blocks. Have your child make a rough draft of their garden design to allow him or her to explore possible designs and shapes more freely.
For extra challenge, have your child calculate how many bags of fertilizer he or she will need for his or her flowerbeds if one bag of fertilizer will cover 50 cm² with a one-centimetre layer of fertilizer. (He or she can find the number of centimetres the layer should be (3 cm) by clicking on the link to the FRW web site).
1. Click on this link, Friends of the Rouge Watershed / Schools and Education / Ten Steps to a Wildflower/Butterfly Garden to learn more about butterfly gardens.
a) the recommended size for your garden
b) the spacing of wild aggressive and non-aggressive wild plants
c) the minimum number of plants of one species that should be planted together
your child questions related to the information found on this web
site to assess his or her comprehension and retention of information
found in the text.
“Is there a specific shape your garden should be”
“Why should you put logs or rocks around the perimeter of your garden?”
How often and when should you fertilize your garden?”
2. Discuss with your partner some of the elements you would like to include in your garden. Visit some of the following web sites for inspiration.
Encourage your child to be creative when incorporating shapes into his or her design. Some elements could include: birdhouses, feeders, birdbaths, flags, benches, sundails, sculpture, poles and paths.
The first site has several examples of unusual gardens to spark your child's imagination. The second site shows a garden that is a good example of geometric shapes being used in garden layout. The third site provides your child with a couple examples of garden design drawings, which may help him or her in creating his or her own.
3. On a piece of grid paper, draw a scale diagram of your garden. Remember, your garden can be any shape, so think creatively.
If you have suitable software, have your child create his or her garden design using your computer. Verify that your child has chosen an appropriate scale for their design.
4. Create a table to display the area and perimeter of the shapes you included in your design.
Sample Questions to ask your child while he or she is working:
"What information are you going to include in your table?"
"How can you orgainze the data so it is clear?"
5. Explain how you calculated the area of the complex shapes you included in your design.
If your child is struggling, refer to the chart on p.173 of the Student book for an example of how to appraoch this question.
Sample questions to ask your child while he or she is working
“How do we determine which side is the base and which side is the height in a shape?”
“How can you determine the area of a parallelogram?”
"How can you determine the area of a triangle?"
6. Friends of the Rouge Valley suggest putting logs around the perimeter of your garden to keep the sand in your garden from blowing away. How many metres of logs would you need? Explain your thinking.
7. What would be the minimum area, measured in metres, of a square flowerbed planted with aggressive wildflowers and a square flowerbed planted with less aggressive wildflowers if you followed the plant spacing advice given at the FRW web site? Explain your thinking.
Less aggressive plants should be planted 15 cm apart, whereas more aggressive plants should be planted 25 cm apart. Plants should be planted in a minimum group of nine.
For extra support, have your child model this question.
For extra challenge, have your child answer the following question. “Do you think the shape of a flowerbed could make the plant spacing easier or more difficult?”
8. In writing, describe your design.