Strawberry patch maths

Activity

Learn about the space needed by different fruit plants. Work out how much space is available in the garden and how many fruit plants can be planted in the space available. 

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors & Indoors
  • School term: All year round
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Maths

Learning objectives

  • Plan which fruit to plant in a specified area of the school garden
  • Use numerical skills in a practical setting

Essential background information

Preparation

Introduce the idea that different fruit plants need different amount of space by using the example of large fruit trees and small strawberry plants.

Equipment needed

  • An area to be planted for fruit, or pupils to measure out an area of the garden/ playground
  • Fruit catalogues for prices
  • Tape measures, or spacing sticks, large plant pots or hoops, canes and string, sand or line paint
  • Planning a Fruit Garden information sheet

Step by step

  1. Measure and record the area to be planted up (measure the length and the width).
  2. Decide which types of fruit(s) to plant in the area.
  3. Work out how much space each fruit plant needs using the Planning a Fruit Garden information sheet.
  4. Work out how many fruit plants will fit in the space available. Use visual props to help.
  5. Pupils should record their results on a garden plan or planning sheet.
  6. How much will it cost to buy this number of plants needed? Use fruit catalogue or internet to price up.
  7. What other costs need to be considered?

Hints & tips

  • Try using hoops, pots or string to show the size and spread of different fruit plants.
  • Use this activity as part of Focus on Fruit class growing topic

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