FoodPrints Curriculum

Measuring for Mulch


Applying Math in the Garden & Kitchen

Standards Alignment:

Common Core Math

Grade Level:

4th Grade


Winter / February


The purpose of this lesson is for students to calculate area and perimeter to determine how much mulch needs to be purchased for the school garden paths. Students will measure the area of the entire school garden, as well as that of each raised garden bed. They will use that information to calculate the area of the garden that needs to be mulched. They will also examine angles in the garden and prepare seed tape to be planted in the spring.

Big Idea

Gardeners and farmers use math skills to plan for their gardens.

Guiding Questions

  • How and why are math and measurement important to gardeners and farmers?

Instructional video geared for students to support teaching this lesson