Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Once the plants begin to grow gardeners can measure the growth of vegetables through graphs. You can measure and graph height, the number of leaves, and later, the amount of blossoms and fruit.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Once your plants start producing vegetables, you can measure and record your daily yields.
For cucumbers you could measure and record the length of the fruit, as well as weight.
- Count how many cucumbers you harvest each day and make a chart to record your results.
- For green beans you could weigh your harvest each day you pick and record it on a chart.
- At the end of the season, make a graph to find out when the peak yield was, what was the average yield, and how much you harvested total.
(Measurement, Numbers and Operations, Probability and Statistics)
You can practice fractions when you cut up your tomatoes and pumpkins to cook them. Each individual fruit or vegetable is its own whole. Practice finding halves, quarters, and any other fractional piece you can safely cut. Name what shapes the fruits and fractional pieces are.
Cooking and preserving are good ways to practice conversions. When making a batch of mashed potatoes determine how many pounds of potatoes you will need to feed the whole class.
Ratios and measurement conversions are important when making pickles.
For example, when making dill beans it is important determine how many pounds of green beans you will need to make 7 quarts of dill beans.