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TOPIC: Designing A Butterfly Garden
AUTHOR: Diane Gardner
SCHOOL: Eagle Elementary School
DISTRICT: Brownsburg Community Schools
- Develop a better understanding of:
- Basic Botany.
- Basic Graphing.
- Learn to work with groups.
- Develop research skills.
INDIANA STATE PROFICIENCIES:
RESOURCES and MATERIALS:
- The students and teacher should select an area on the school grounds that they want to use for the butterfly garden.
- Working in groups of 4-5, students will use the resources cited above to research the types of plants needed for a butterfly garden in their region. Students will include both host and nectar plants.
- One member of each group will be responsible for collecting all of the plant information from the group members.
- Using graph paper and the site map of the school grounds, each group should design its butterfly garden.
- Each group should make a visual presentation to the class, explaining the group's design. Each group should also explain its plant selection, identifying its nectar plants, host plants, and the resources used for the design.
- The ability of the student to work with a group.
- Use of visuals.
- Students can scan their designs, and post them to a web site.
- The class can lead a school effort to actually construct the butterfly garden.
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