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Measuring In The Garden - Hand & Feet Estimating

Measuring In The Garden - Hand & Feet Estimating

10/02/2011

You Are The Ruler - Measuring In The Garden - Seed Depths and Widths, Bed Sizes


A lot of garden measuring is done by eye, by pacing or by using hands and pencils rather than with a ruler to hand.

This activity from My First Garden (a site for children developed bt the University of Illinois) teaches children to measure their body parts in order to be able to use that information for their garden planting. Estimating is a core mathematical skill and this idea makes it easy to estimate using their body and then check their results with rulers.

The activity measures:

- finger size to different knuckle depths, which is used for seed depth,
- finger width and finger span - which is used for seed row spacing
- foot size - which is used for pacing out bed sizing and large plant row spacing




Because the site is American, it uses imperial measurements, which will not be suitable for UK teachers, but the diagrams are good and the idea can easily be adapted to any measure.

Check out this activity here.

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