RESTORATION PLANTING PLANNING
Suggested Grades: 5 – 8
- What is Keeping it Living?
- Who is involved in Keeping It Living?
- What things do we need to keep living?
- I can create a budget with income and expenses
- I can map out an area to be planted
- Paper and pencil
- Planting Area sheet (can either be plain grid paper or you can use our prepared Replanting Diagrams)
- Planting Prices and Specifications sheet
- Planning and conducting
- Processing and analyzing data and information
- Reasoning and analyzing
- Understanding and solving
- Communicating and representing
- This lesson can follow the Coin Box Lesson or stand alone. If following the coin box lesson the amount of money from the coin boxes is the budget for this lesson. If this is stand alone create or give the students an amount of money for the budget. Either way every student should have the same income.
- Students choose which kind of plants to plant: a)eelgrass, b)salt marsh, c)land based native plants. Using the Planting Prices and Specifications sheet provided they can decide how many they can afford (Grade 7’s need to add 0.05% for gst and 0.07% for pst).
- Using the Planting Prices and Specifications sheet they can create a drawing on grid paper of the area to be planted with symbols showing the plants and create a Planting Summary Report that details where, how, and when to plant (taking things like tides into consideration).
- Students to review their and others planting plans in small groups, discuss which got more plants planted, which covered more area. Each group to report their finding back to the class.
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Planting Prices and Specifications:
|Plants||Cost before tax||Plant Spacing||Planting Area|
|Eelgrass – Zostera marina (Intertidal)||$50/bunch of 10||1 m apart – planted in bunches of 10||On the beach between the low and high water marks|
|Eelgrass – Zostera marina (Subtidal)||$100/bunch of 10||1 m apart – planted in bunches of 10||Below the low water mark in areas that are always under water|
|Salt Marsh – Silverweed||$1.05||30 cm apart||In the lowest zone of the salt marsh area|
|Salt Marsh – Carex||$1.05||30 cm apart||Anywhere in the salt marsh area|
|Salt Marsh – Sea Asparagus||$2.25||30 cm apart||In the lowest zone of the salt marsh area|
|Salt Marsh – Sweetgrass||$2.25||30 cm apart||In the mid to high zones in the salt marsh area|
|Shrub – Nootka Rose||$4.75||50 cm apart||In the upland area above the salt marsh area|
|Shrub – Salmonberry||$4.75||50 cm apart||In the upland area above the salt marsh area|
|Shrub – Red Flowering Currant||$5.50||50 cm apart||In the upland area above the salt marsh area|
|Shrub – Snowberry||$8.50||50 cm apart||In the upland area above the salt marsh area|
|Tree – Western Flowering Dogwood||$25.00||1 m apart||On the outer edge of the upland area|
|Tree – Sitka Spruce||$30.00||1 m apart||On at the outer edge of the upland area|
|Tree – Western Red Cedar||$30.00||1 m apart||On the outer edge of the upland area|
|Tree – Douglas Fir||$30.00||1 m apart||On the outer edge of the upland area|
Contact a non-profit such as Project Watershed to organize a real planting in the spring.