The Japanese Garden
The students will use prior knowledge to brainstorm about what
they know about Japanese Gardens. The teacher will ask "How can
we build and maintain a Japanese Garden?" The teacher will write
down their responses in the first column (Ideas) in the Problem-Based
Learning Chart. The teacher will ask the students facts about
the Japanese Garden and write their responses in the second column.
Next, the teacher will ask what they would like to find out about
Japanese Gardens in order to build one. They teacher will write
down their responses in the third column (learning issues) in
the Problem-Based Learning Chart. The teacher directs the students
to the fourth column (action plan) and asks the students how they
will go about answering their questions (learning issues). The
teacher will write down all their responses on the chart tablet
(ex. internet, cd roms, books).
The teacher will set up video conferencing unit and test the
day before the link. The students will listen to a horticulturist
in Japan named Cacuchi through teleconferencing. He will give
instructions about the building of the Japanese Garden. The students
will ask questions about the garden.
The students will then assemble into previously designated cooperative
learning groups. The teacher instructs each group to gather information
and research specific areas (learning issues) through books, web
sites and cd roms. The teacher needs to set up the WWW link in
the classroom before the link to insure the tech will work before
the actual link not during the link.
The students will have an on-going link (video conferencing)
with Cacuchi to ask questions and issues that may arise. They
will video conference with Cacuchi once a week for six weeks.
Each session will last approximately 1/2 hour. Each group will
then gather the materials needed to build the Japanese Garden.
The horticulturist also has a web site (http://www.ceres.dtt.ne.jp/~cooci/garden/)
about Japanese Gardens. The students will work directly from this
web site to build the Japanese Garden.
The students will work cooperatively to determine the size of
the garden, clear the land by weeding and removing rocks and decide
which plants will be included in the garden. The students will
build the Japanese Garden. The students will also study and determine
the placement of rocks in the garden and materials needed to build
a bamboo fence. The students will build the fence after researching
and conferencing with Cacuchi . The students will also refer to
his web site which gives specific instructions about building
The horticulturist (Cacuchi) will discuss the basic principles
of the garden and how it is constructed in such a way as to represent
the world. The students will then answer all the questions in
the third column (learning issues) of the Problem-Based Learning
Chart with the teacher. Through this process, the students will
keep an on-going journal with questions and reflections. The teacher
will assist students at the end of the project in the construction
of the web pages which will document the class project.