The school vegie garden is a very well cared for and productive space, thanks to all the work put in by students, teachers and helpers from the school community. One job that students from Grade 1/2 love to help with as often as they can is picking the snow peas to ensure the plants continue flowering and growing new pods. The photos show how children know to hold the stem of the plant with one hand and carefully pluck the pod with the other. Delicious work!
What can be learnt in the school garden? Harvesting broad beans gave the class an opportunity to explore the concept of averages in maths this term. Why is it that broad bean pods contain different numbers of beans? Is there an amount of beans that is ‘typical’ or ‘normal’ for a pod to have? The photos show a ‘stem and leaf’ graph plotting the range of how many beans per pod. Because we podded dozens and dozens of broad beans, we also began to see that lots of them contained 4 or 5 beans. Here is the idea of an ‘average’ broad bean!
Have you made other discoveries while working in a garden lately? The garden might be at your house, at school or somewhere else.
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