Lesson Plan Industry Sector
Agriculture & Natural Resources

Lesson Plan Originally Created By: JessaLee Goehring

Introduction to Landscape Design

Part of Unit: Landscape Planning, Design, Construction, and Maintenance

Lesson Plan Overview / Details

This lesson will cover the basic terminology associated with landscaping. It will also cover the factors, aspects and benefits of landscape design to prepare students in developing their own landscape design project.

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Lesson Time

One Full Class Period
53 Minutes

Objectives and Goals

  • Define landscape design.
  • List the four benefits of landscape design.
  • List the factors and aspects involved in landscape design.

Activities in this Lesson

  • As students enter the classroom, I project the attached PowerPoint Presentation, slide # 1 on the projector. I challenge students to find ten things about the two pictures that are

    different from one another. Encourage students to write the differences

    down. Allow a couple minutes and invite students to share their differences with a neighbor. Once they have shared their answers, we will engage in a whole class discussion. With this discussion we can go into the value of landscaping a home. How has landscaped design contributed to the benefit of agriculture, our economy and jobs. What is the relation to agriculture? Why is this important? These questions can stimulate critical thinking with the students and then lead into the lecture portion of the lesson.

    Resources and Materials

    • Introduction to Landscape Design PPT [ Download ] What's the Difference- Use Slide # 1 in PPT
    • Me-You-Us e-Moment [ Go to Site ] Life Knowledge Online
  • A PowerPoint lesson will be used to discuss the main objectives of the

    lesson. The basic terminology will be discussed to begin the lesson. Move

    into discussion on the factors and aspects that influence the landscape. Once the information has been

    discussed, engage them in a Show What You Know e-Moment. To do this,

    inform the students that they will now "show what you know." The purpose

    is to check their understanding of the information they have learned so

    far. Give them one or a few questions to answer. They can use their

    journal, scratch paper or back of their notes to answer the questions.

    Have them discuss and compare their answers with a partner and then

    self-check with their notes and discuss as a class. Use the results to

    determine understanding or reteaching. Next, the students will engage

    in the benefits of landscape design and how they influence agriculture production and the industry of California Agriculture. To move onto this material,

    ask students what they recall from the pictures they saw at the beginning of class and the discussion that followed. Then move into the four benefits of landscape design and finish the PowerPoint. Once the information has been discussed, engage them in a Hieroglyphic e-moment. During the benefits portion of the presentation I ask students to to

    use the a heiroglyphic, icon or picture with each of the benefits. For instance, the word economical can be represented with dollar signs. That would completely describe

    the meaning of economical, since it can increase the value of the house, reduce energy bills and improve agriculture economy. This activity can be modified to be

    done after each benefit is introduced or as vocabulary reinforcement. If teaching it for the first time,

    it is best to provide the students with a few examples to get them off

    on the right track.

    Resources and Materials

    • Introduction to Landscape Design PPT [ Download ]
    • Intro to Landscape Design Notes Handout [ Download ]
    • Show What You Know e-Moment [ Go to Site ] Life Knowledge Online
    • Hieroglyphic e- Moment [ Go to Site ] Life Knowledge Online
  • Dickens Moment Assessment

    Finally, students will complete their assessment for the lesson. They

    will become masterful writers, just like Dickens. They will list the main components of the lesson and turn them into characters or places. They will write a seven minute creative and funny story using these characters or places. Once the stories are complete, they will share with a partner and then I will ask for volunteers to share their stories with the class.

    Resources and Materials

    • Dickens e-Moment [ Go to Site ] Life Knowledge Online
  • Exit Ticket Closure

    Last, I simply leave the last slide of the PowerPoint presentation with

    all five questions on the screen. Students will number a blank piece of

    paper 1-5 and record their answers. Because I provided them with a

    notes handout to record the information from the lecture, they may use

    their notes (rewarding those who did a good job on their notes). This is

    collected as their ticket out the door.

    Resources and Materials

    • Introduction to Landscape Design PPT [ Download ] Use Slide # 15 as the Exit Ticket


Assessment Types:
Journals, Teacher-Made Test, Observations,

The Exit Ticket will be used as the assessment for the class. The tickets will be reviewed and corrected after class and returned to the students the next day. The questions will be displayed and discussed and any reteaching that needs to be done will be implemented. Additionally, I will observe students during their cootie catcher and eyewitness moment to assure the students are grasping the information.