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Students explore landscape design. In this practical gardening lesson, students design landscape plans that call for shrubs, trees, and plants that can be used for aesthetics, cooking, and wildlife.
Learners examine the needs of their community for public space and determine the solutions to math problems related to planning landscape designs. They read and discuss an article from the New York Times, create their own designs for a community space in small groups, and present their plans to the class.
Young scholars explore biotic and abiotic factors in landscape design. In this landscaping lesson plan, students create 3-dimensional models that represent landscape designs taking into consideration climate and planting requirements.
Seventh graders create mixed media representations of landscape designs in Africa and Asia. The instructional activity is great for cross-curricular projects with the Social Sciences and/or Literature, or can be used as a self-contained project. Rubric is included
Albert Bierstadt is a highly celebrated artist who was able to capture the beauty of the American landscape. The class will first learn how Bierstadt explored America during the 1800s and painted the majestic countryside. Then, they will take three days to recreate an American landscape using paint, crayons, magazines, and a huge canvas to capture their town as they see it.
Learners discover how environmental factors impact the survival of a population. In this landscape design lesson, students create a new animal and discuss the relationship between the animal and its environment before creating a habitat for their animal.
Fourth graders participate in a service-learning project to design landscaping that maximizes water use and utilizes indigenous plant species.
A project-based learning plan focuses on landscapes in the community. After identifying problems, such as dead trees or misplaced automatic sprinklers, learners design solutions, contact local organizations to fix the problems, and do all the necessary work to correct the problems. A general outline of steps and resources needed to complete this project are provided.
High schoolers identify the terms used in naturescaping. They identify how to plant, how to do site preparation and how to develop a plan. Students explore the benefits of naturescaping for the health of the environment. They also investigate between traditional landscaping and naturescaping.
Young scholars explore how storm water flows through different habitats by sketching the slope of their yard, compare runoff for erosion, and create a sand castle. In this storm water lesson plan, students measure where their yard started and where it is today.
Students discuss reasons to plant trees and the best locations for cooling. They study two homes and identify types and locations of trees and determine the placement of the central air conditioners. The class plans a landscape design for the school.
Fourth graders role play as certified horticulturists as they study the biology of plants and gardening. They design a garden for their school based on what they researched and a given budget.
Students find or design their own garden plan. They be further excited by the project if the class is able to actually implement one or more of the designs in the school or community environment.
Students create and present an original design. In this visual arts lesson plan, students watch a video about design and learn the elements of design. Then students work in groups to construct and present an original design.
Students weave paper strips using 3-D landscape design. In this art lesson, students design a 3 dimensional image on paper by weaving different colors into the image.
Students examine the various roles Washington Irving had in his lifetime. Examining the situation in Europe and the United States, they are encouraged to relate Irving's experiences to different events. They examine themselves in many ways as well.
Students use the internet to take a virtual treasure hunt to Japan. Using other websites, they gather information on the country's values and beliefs along with its culture and geography. They relate Japan's culture to that of the United States to end the lesson.
Viewers are introduced to the differences among annual, biennial, and perennial plants. Several plant guides are recommended.The authors focus on important considerations for designing a garden: light, heat, soil, water drainage, and wind. They instruct on mulching and choosing plants. Finally, they touch on garden maintenance procedures. Much of this PowerPoint is useful for any landscape architecture course, especially if you will be using or referring to the same plant guides that they recommend.
Now it's time for all of the data collected in previous lessons to be applied to the design of a rain garden. This resource can only be used as part of the greater whole, since learners will need to rely on gathered knowledge in order to reliably make decisions about the garden's design. Each group shares their proposal with the rest of the class, and favorite features of each are incorporated into a final design. 
In this science instructional activity, students learn the importance of water conservation by completing 6 pages in the color newsletter. Students list ways their school could save water, read cartoon tips for home water conservation and complete a word search and scrambled words puzzle.

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