# Math

• Choose a tree or a shrub and collect measurements including: height, circumference, and length or buds/leaves. Students tally plants of the same species found in the garden and graph their results. Wrap up: compare students’ answers and discuss the different types of plants found in the garden.

• Students explore the natural area, first estimating and then calculating the correct answer to each of the questions. Questions include measurement, timing, and counting. Wrap up: Discuss student answers. Who was the closest in their estimation?

• Explore the schoolyard to create a tally of different plants/animals in the natural area. Students create a bar graph with the data collected. Wrap up: Compare student graphs, and discuss the purpose, benefits, and limitations of bar graphs.

*Includes labeled graph. “Make a Bar Graph Using Nature 2” includes an unlabeled version.

• Explore the schoolyard to create a tally of different plants/animals in the natural area. Students create a bar graph with the data collected. Wrap up: Compare student graphs, and discuss the purpose, benefits, and limitations of bar graphs.

*Includes unlabeled graph. “Make a Bar Graph Using Nature” includes a labeled version.

• Students break into teams and come up with three word problems involving something that can be seen in the nearby environment. The problems must be able to be resolved within a few minutes. Students must write the questions clear enough so that another group can understand what they are supposed to do and must be realistic enough that they can find the answer. Students must know the answer before handing the problems over to the other group. Wrap up: Discuss the problems and answers found by each group.

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