# Activities

• • • ##### Subject Area

• Math: Elementary Math: Math and Literature
• Math: Elementary Math: Number Sense and Estimation
• Math: Elementary Math: Algebraic Thinking
• Math: Elementary Math: Basic Facts

• ##### Author K-5

60 Minutes

• TI-10
• ##### Other Materials
This is Activity 15 from the EXPLORATIONS Book:
Math at Your Fingertips with the TI-10

The following materials are required for this activity:
• Book: The Ugly Vegetables
• Grid paper
• Garden grid
• Plant cutout activity sheets
• Crayons or markers
• Glue
• Scissors
• Playing cards or old business cards
• Play money
• Vegetable price table

What's the Plan?

#### Activity Overview

Students investigate area with nonstandard and standard units of measure. They work to plan a unique vegetable garden and calculate the costs of plants for the garden.

#### Before the Activity

• See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
• Print pages 149 - 166 from the attached PDF file for your class
• #### During the Activity

Distribute the page to the class.

Activity A:

• Discuss the characteristics of a garden, and read the book: The Ugly Vegetables to the class

• Activity B:
• Trace out the outline of a standing volunteer on a butcher block paper
• Cover the desktop with business cards
• Find the number of cards used
• Use the calculator to count the number of rows and number of cards in each row and calculate the area
• Use two centimeter grid paper and find the number of squares required to cover the desktop
• Discuss the usefulness of having standard units of measuring area

• Activity C:
• Plan a garden using the Garden Grid that has ten squares in each row and total of ten rows
• Each small square on the grid represents one large square in the actual garden plot

• Activity D:
• Pass out Plant cutout cards
• Use the calculator to choose the number and kinds of plants to be planted

• Activity E:
• Pass out the Vegetable Price tables
• Use the calculator to find the total cost of the plants
• Plan the number and kinds of plants that would fit in the given budget
• #### After the Activity

• Review student results
• As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
• Re-teach concepts as necessary