YoungWild-and-Free Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

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My wish is to stay always like this, living quietly in a corner of nature.Claude Monet
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KS1 – Infant Ideas
Get To Grips With Grass
Get-to-grips-with-grass Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
FACTS ABOUT GRASS

* Over 10,000 different types exist
* The oldest living thing discovered : 200,00 yrs!


On your marks...
marks Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
This activity aims to focus on the oldest life form known to humans – grass – and find out what it’s really all about. To take part you will need (goes without saying I suppose), a bit of grass.
You will also benefit (though not essential) from the following items:
* A plastic hoola hoop
* Magnifying glass
* Twine, string or wool Sticks
Get set...
get_set Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Go outside (+10 points) and look for an area of grass.
We want to create a shape to frame an area of the grass. The shape and size is not so important, but scientists typically use a square of sides 1m known as a Quadrat.

220px-Quadrat_sample Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
You could use a plastic hoop, four cricket stumps or bamboo canes.
Or find four sticks – similar lengths and thickness – and square lash them together.

Go!
go Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Place you Quadrat on the grass and leave it in place.
Now start to count and tally the number of each plant within the shape. Draw a simple table (see below) with columns to fill in the information that you generate.

Item name Tally Total
buttercups II 2
thick grass blades IIII 4
stones 0

This may include, but is not limited to:
– different varieties (thickness/length) of grass
– buttercups
-dandelions
-thistles
-plantain
– daises
– mud patches
– stones
– snails
– spiders

More tricky challenge please

Once you have your tally chart, use some chalk or charcoal to draw a simple graph showing the percentage of each of the items you found.


⇒KS1 – Infants ⇒KS2 – Juniors ⇒KS3 – Secondary


KS2 – Junior Ideas
Get To Grips With Grass
Get-to-grips-with-grass-1 Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
FACTS ABOUT GRASS

* Grass covers 20% of all plant life on earth
* Grass has evolved to grow from the base, not the tip (like most plants do)
* The most expensive lawn in the world : Centre Court at Wimbledon


On your marks...
marks Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
This activity aims to focus on the oldest life form known to humans – grass – and find out what it’s really all about. To take part you will need (goes without saying I suppose), a bit of grass.
You will also benefit (though not essential) from the following items:
* A plastic hoola hoop
* Magnifying glass
* Twine, string or wool Sticks
Get set...
get_set Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Go outside (+10 points) and look for an area of grass.
We want to create a shape to frame an area of the grass. The shape and size is not so important, but scientists typically use a square of sides 1m known as a Quadrat.

220px-Quadrat_sample Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
You could use a plastic hoop, four cricket stumps or bamboo canes.
Or find four sticks – similar lengths and thickness – and square lash them together.

Go!
go Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Place you Quadrat on the grass and leave it in place.
Now start to count and tally the number of each plant within the shape. Draw a simple table (see below) with columns to fill in the information that you generate.

Item name Tally Total
buttercups II 2
thick grass blades IIII 4
stones 0

This may include, but is not limited to:
– different varieties (thickness/length) of grass
– buttercups
-dandelions
-thistles
-plantain
– daises
– mud patches
– stones
– snails
– spiders

More tricky challenge please

Once you have your tally chart, use some chalk or charcoal to draw a simple graph showing the percentage of each of the items you found.


⇒KS1 – Infants ⇒KS2 – Juniors ⇒KS3 – Secondary


KS3 – Secondary Ideas
Get To Grips With Grass
Get-to-grips-with-grass-2 Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
FACTS ABOUT GRASS

* Grasses are technically called “graminoids”
* By weight, turf is 75% – 80% water
* Grass lawns improve air quality by producing oxygen and trapping airborne dust particles and other contaminants
*A 250m2  lawn produces enough oxygen for a family of four
* Bamboo, a type of grass, is the fastest growing plant in the world


On your marks...
marks Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
This activity aims to focus on the oldest life form known to humans – grass – and find out what it’s really all about. To take part you will need (goes without saying I suppose), a bit of grass.
You will also benefit (though not essential) from the following items:
* A plastic hoola hoop
* Magnifying glass
* Twine, string or wool Sticks
Get set...
get_set Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Go outside and look for an area of grass. Select different spaces within an area of grass: one with lots of thick grass, one closer to the perimeter of the lawn, and area largely colonised by weeds. You will then be able to compare and contrast results.
Construct a square of sides 1m known as a Quadrat.

220px-Quadrat_sample Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020
Prune and cut or find four sticks – similar lengths and thickness – and square lash them together.

Go!
go Get To Grips With Grass - March 20th 2020

Place you Quadrat on the grass and leave it in place.
Now start to count and tally the number of each plant within the shape. You could take a high resolution photo (use Macrophotography to identify species of grass, plants and fauna).
Draw a simple table (see below) with columns to fill in the information that you generate.

Item name Tally Total
buttercups (Ranunculaceae) II 2
thick grass blades IIII 4
stones 0

This may include, but is not limited to:
– different varieties (thickness/length) of grass
– buttercups
-dandelions
-thistles
-plantain
– daises
– mud patches
– stones
– snails
– spiders

More tricky challenge please

Once you have your tally chart, use Google Docs to make charts and graphs to represent and analyse the data you collected. Compare and contrast at different times of year an relate to soil type and ph levels.


⇒KS1 – Infants ⇒KS2 – Juniors ⇒KS3 – Secondary


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