The Japanese Garden
The Japanese Garden Project enables our students to show real-life
achievement in Language Arts, Math and Social Studies through
a non-traditional setting. The students use their background knowledge
about Japan and its gardens. The students will examine many different
web sites, software packages and books. They will video conference
with a horticulturist in Japan. They will investigate, plan and
carry out the building of the Japanese Garden in the schoolyard.
Through the use of cooperative learning groups and technology,
an active learning environment can be fostered to accommodate
a range of student abilities.
Through this learning process, the students will be able to:
- Plan and measure an area for the garden
- Identify different plants
- Understand the symbolic philosophies behind the
- Locate Japan on a map
- Learn the Japanese Culture and philosophy by constructing
a Japanese Garden
- Build a bamboo fence
Work cooperatively in groups
The students will understand the basic principles of the garden
in such a way as it represents the world. It will have rocks to
represent the rocks and mountains, trees to represent trees in
the forests, water to represent the ocean, plants to represent
the flowers and trees of the world and soil to represent Earth.
Through this process, the students will keep an on-going journal
with questions and reflections. The students will also create
web pages and slideshow presentations. The students are active
participants throughout the project which will enable them to
demonstrate ownership. This project is an example of an integrated
approach to learning that enables students with different learning
abilities to achieve.
Standard 3: Geography
- Students will use a variety of intellectual skills
to demonstrate their understanding of the geography of the interdependent
world in which we live- local, national, and global - including
the distribution of people, places, and environments over the
- Students will use natural resources in building
a Japanese Garden.
- Students will speak to the horticulturist (Cacuchi)
to learn and
- understand the symbolic philosophies behind the
- Students will learn the Japanese culture and philosophy
by constructing a Japanese Garden.
- Standard 1: Language for Information and Understanding
- Students will listen, speak, read and write for
information and understanding.
- Students will complete PBL (Problem Based Learning)
- Students will listen to a horticulturist
- Students will ask questions pertaining to a Japanese
- Students will write information in learning logs
- Standard 2: Language for literary response and
- Students will read aloud accurately and fluently