Length of activity: 90-120 minutes

Age: 8-13


  • Consider the history of garden design and develop critical thinking skills as students consider which styles they like or dislike, differences and similarities.
  • Learn units of measurement and conversions between measurement systems.
  • Develop writing, drawing and critical thinking skills.
  • Communicate ideas to others visually and verbally.
  • Understand how careers and jobs are connected to learning/education.

National Education Standards:

  • Science: NS.K-4.4 Earth and Space Science; NS.K4.6 Science in Personal and Social Perspectives.
  • Arts: NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes; NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas; NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others; NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
  • Social Studies: NSS-C.5-8.5 Roles of the Citizen; NSS-G.K-12.2 Places and Regions; NSS-G.K-12.5 Environment and Society
  • Mathematics: NM-MEA.3-5.1 Understand Measurable Attributes of Objects and the Units, Systems, and Processes of Measurement
  • Language Arts: NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills; NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society; NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

What you’ll need:

  • Pencils or pens
  • Colored pencils
  • List of “Garden Terms” to find in the images
  • 18 x 24-inch or 8.5 x 11-inch graph paper
  • Rulers