Length of activity: 90-120 minutes
Age: 8-13 Learning
• 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
Download these scenes from Smithsonian Gardens to use as your desktop background, or on your next Zoom meeting!