Math in the Garden Training

Project EAT put on a training for after school providers in Suisun, CA that brought math and outdoor experiences to life. Participants learned about planting, outdoor classroom management and how to implement exciting activities from the book Math in the Garden. Now our after school providers have confidence and the know-how to teach common core math standards in meaningful and fun ways. Thanks goes out to Karen, Melissa, and Derek for creating a presentation that supports the academic achievement of our youth in the garden.

Outside Attention Getters

Here’s something to get your attention. Having quick transitions are an essential part of successful outdoor classroom management. This is a list of attention getters that were shared with the participants at the training. Try them out!

Teacher says: Bum, Bud-da, Bum, Bum

Students say: Bum, Bum


Teacher: Raise your hand with a peace sign.

Students: They copy you and remain silent.


Teacher says: 1, 2, 3 eyes on me.

Students say: 1, 2, eyes on you.


Teacher: Clap—Clap—Clap, Clap, Clap.

Students: Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap, Clap.


Teacher says: I Say Pop, You Say Corn. Pop—

Students say: Corn


Teacher says: If you can hear me clap once.

Students: Clap.

Teacher says: If you can hear me clap twice…


Teacher says: If you can hear me place your hands on your head.

Teacher says: Now, if you can hear me place your hands on your ears

(nose, etc.)


Two bursts on a whistle (use sparingly)


Math Magic?

One of the participants guessed the exact number of beans it would take to cover the surface area of a large leaf. Then she did it again with another leaf.  But she wasn’t through. She was the first winner of the lunchtime raffle. Coincidence? Or is it the power of a Math in the Garden training by Project EAT? Stay tuned for more.