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A volunteer group has planned a Neighbourhood in Bloom project to create more green space in your neighbourhood. Teams of volunteers will be planting flower bulbs in unused areas. Your class has volunteered to help out.   



paper and pencil

calculator (optional)

counters, beads, or pennies (optional)



You are put in charge of choosing the flowers for an area of green space. Once you have chosen which type of flowers to plant, decide how many packages of each type of bulb you will need to buy. Then figure out how to plant the bulbs to create a pattern.

  1. Choose the types of flowers you would like to plant.
  • You must choose 2 different types of flowers.
  • Each type of flower you choose must come in packages that have a different number of bulbs than the packages of the other type of flower you choose.

Not all flowers can grow in every part of Canada, so before choosing, find out which growing zone you live in. Click on this link for McConnell Nurseries to begin. Once you are at the Web site, click the zone map link and then select your province from the drop-down list to find out which growing zone you live in.

To choose flowers, click the shop online link and then click the Bulbs link. When you find a flower that you want to plant, click the INFO link below the picture of the flower to find out how many bulbs come in each package. Pay attention to the coldest zone listed for the types of flowers you choose and make sure you do not live in a colder zone.


  1. When buying the flower bulbs, you must keep in mind the volunteer group's requirements:
  • The volunteer group thinks you will need about 100 bulbs of one type of flower and about 100 bulbs of another type of flower.
  • You must have an equal number of each type of flower.

How many packages of bulbs do you need to buy so that you have an equal number of each type of flower and you do not buy any extra bulbs?

Use your knowledge of multiples to answer the question. Keep in mind how many bulbs come in the packages for each type of flower.


  1. Now that you have bought the bulbs, you can start planting them. Your teacher challenges you to make a pattern with two different colours of flowers. The pattern must meet the following criteria:
  • The pattern is made up of a row of alternating purple and yellow rectangles.
  • Each rectangle of purple flowers must include 28 evenly spaced bulbs.
  • Each rectangle of yellow flowers must include 36 evenly spaced bulbs.

How can you plant the bulbs in the shape of rectangles so that the purple and yellow rectangles have the same number of rows? For each combination of purple and yellow rectangles, describe how many rows and how many columns of bulbs would be in the purple rectangle and in the yellow rectangle.

Use your knowledge of factors to solve the problem. Show your work and explain the strategy that you used to solve the problem.





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