Our Clubhouse Project

Performance Task 3: Landscape design


Note: Budget and money continue through Performance Task 3 as students will purchase more supplies for garden design.





Students will learn the names of flowers and plants as they create a collage.

Students will create an acrostic poem about flowers.




Activity 1


Down To Earth by Michael Rosen

Home and Garden magazines

A field’s guide to flower and plant names

Sample acrostic poems

Art paper




Begin landscape discussion by reading a few stories from Down To Earth by Michael Rosen.  Have students share personal garden stories. Using Home and Garden magazines, make a collage of different flowers and plants on art paper.  Label the names of the plants and flowers when finished.



Choosing a flower or plant, write an acrostic poem.





Ornamental colors

Sweet smelling




Check students’ acrostic poems for the use of vivid and colorful descriptive words.



Students will determine the area of a closed figure using the geoboard and the graph paper.

Students will use research skills to find out information about flowers and plants.


Activity 2A


Garden Crafts for Kids by Diane Rhodes

My Backyard Garden by Carol Lerner

Growing Things by Angela Wilks and John Shackell

Geoboards &  rubber bands


Introduce Garden Crafts for Kids by Diane Rhodes, My Backyard Garden by Carol Lerner, and Growing Things by Angela Wilks and John Shackell.


Tell students that there is a 4’ by 4’ plot of land next to the clubhouse that can be used for a garden.


Using a geoboard as a model of their garden, students explore design possibilities.  Facilitator might want to refer to attached Sample  A.

Students choose their favorite design and determine the square footage for their design.(Area)

Some may use the entire 4’ by 4’ land and some may not depending on their design.


Activity 2B



My Backyard Garden by Carol Lerner

Garden Crafts for Kids by Diane Rhodes

Graph paper

Coloring markers/coloring pencils


Students transfer their geoboard design on graph paper. 


Facilitator reads pages 10-11 in My Backyard Garden by Carol Lerner.  Using reference books, students decide which flowers, vegetables and or shrubs will grow successfully in their geographic location.


Refer to pages 11-14 in Garden Crafts for Kids.



Write about what you would like to grow in your garden and why.


“ I want to grow carrots because a rabbit family might move in.”




Assess the accuracy of the students’ graph drawings of the area of their garden.

Assess students’ ability in using reference books to find appropriate information about the flowers and plants.




Students will make a map of their garden following the specifications for optimal growing condition including a key, scale and a compass.


Activity 3



Internet access

Graph paper



Coloring pencils


Using reference books and Internet sites, students research optimum growing conditions for selected plants.  Students discuss spacing and light requirements.  Using the graph of their garden, students draw and color the arrangement of different plants and flowers in their garden.  A key, scale and a compass to this garden should be included.  Refer to Sample C.



Journal: Calculate the footage they will need to build a fence around their garden. (perimeter: the distance around the edge of a figure. )  Explain how you figured out the perimeter of the garden.



Check the key, scale and the compass to see if students have a clear understanding of maps.


Check students’ accuracy on the perimeter of their garden.
LESSON 4 AND 5: Grow! Grow! Grow!



Students make a 3-D model of their garden.


Activity 4





Construction paper

Pipe cleaners


Using land (the base of the clubhouse) students will make a 3-D model of their garden according to the following steps:


1. Students refer to their budgets and order necessary supplies which will include modeling clay, toothpicks etc.


2. Students lay down soil (modeling clay) and begin planting ( flower and plant faces attached to toothpicks) See Sample D.



Journal : Students balance their budget. 



Check students’ budget sheet.
LESSON 6: Final showcase for parents, students and or school


Students advertise or sell the committee (parents and classmates) their special clubhouse.  Presentation will include:


Efficient use of budget

Safety precautions

Creative design

Function of clubhouse










Efficient use of Budget

Creative design

Safety standards

Written and Oral communication


Budget shows no errors in calculations.


Extraordinary use of detail and design with available materials.

No errors in   measurements and details on floor plans and model of clubhouse.

Clear, complex,  and organized  communication of creative ideas.


Budget shows few errors in calculations.


Good use of detail and design with available materials.

Few errors in  measurements and details on floor plans and model of clubhouse.

Communication of ideas may include minor gaps and/or inconsistencies.


Budget shows some errors in calculations.

Satisfactory use of detail and design with available materials.

Some errors in    measurements and details on floor plans  and model of clubhouse.

Communication of ideas may include significant gaps and/or inconsistencies.


Budget shows major errors in calculations.

Poor use of detail and design with available materials.

Many errors in   measurements and details on blue print  and model of clubhouse.

Unclear, incomplete and unorganized  communication of creative ideas.










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Fell, Derek.             1989.             A Kid’s First Book of Gardening: Running Press. ISBN 0-89471-750-2.


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Krementz, Jill.             1991.             A Very Young Gardener: Dial Books. ISBN 0-8037-0874-2


Lerner, Carol.               1998.             My Backyard Garden: Morrow Junior Books.

ISBN 0-688-14755-0


Rhoades, Diane. 1995.            Garden Crafts for Kids: Sterling/Lark Books. ISBN 0-8069-0998-6


Robinson, Fay.             1994.             Vegetables, vegetables!: Childrens Press. ISBN 0-516-06030-9


Rosen, Michael.            1998.             Down to Earth: Harcourt Brace & Company. ISBN 0-15-201341-5


Smith, Maggie.             1998.             This is Your Garden: Crown Publishers. ISBN 0-517-70992-9









Library Catalogue section – J 635