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Chesapeake Academy 5th-grader Claire Keesee (far left) of Christchurch explains the geometric designs of the scale model of a garden to her peers. 

According to Chesapeake Academy fifth grade mathematicians, gardens come in all shapes and sizes and they lend themselves quite beautifully to the study of geometry. Tasked with designing a unique 4-by-4-foot garden using their knowledge of squares, rectangles, triangles, circles and, in particular, the combination of these shapes into irregular ones, students began the project by applying their knowledge of three different formulas to find perimeter and area—a primary objective of the assignment. 

“Application of math skills to real world situations has a huge impact on students,” notes Chesapeake Academy 4th-grader teacher Kelsey Herman. Although the idea of designing gardens came from her students after viewing a video featuring botanical garden designers in Chicago, Illinois, Herman helped  weave the curricular goals of the unit into a project that really inspired her budding mathematicians.  

With designs complete, each student was then tasked with presenting their approved gardens in one of three formats: as a three-dimensional scale model, as a drawing, or incorporated into a television advertisement.

The winning design, an English-inspired X-shaped symmetrical garden with a central fountain designed by 5th-grader Claire Keesee, of Christchurch, was selected by a committee of voting faculty. 

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county, or sign up here to receive a print and/or electronic pdf subscription.

posted 02.06.2013

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