Find another topiary that you think is interesting and add it below. What do you find interesting about it? How do you think they created it? How long might it have taken?
I was amazed how much my students enjoyed reading The Night Gardener this year. I chose this topiary because it seems more mischievous than scary. It looks like they grew a bush out of a pot and then shaped it into a crocodile. The plastic eyes and teeth finished the look. The hardest part might be giving the bush time to grow.
HA! Love it the crocodile! The Night Gardener was a magic book wasn't it? Even though the maker activities relate to topiary in this module...there is so much more to that book than just that - it's message of sharing, community, reflection, hope and happiness...wait a minute! This IS a maker community
The Night Gardener is a great book.
While looking at a variety of topiaries, this one resonated with me, thinking about makerspace with my students. Working collaboratively, sharing, making, communicating, looking at the geometrical shapes, measuring, positional words, labelling the parts of the product, writing about it as we made it and have a deeper understanding of how we made it.
WOW, so many more connections, once you get into this making world. (MAKERSPACE)
This is a great picture for positional words! How might we get students to create a topiary like this and describe it? What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.
Hmmm, I was thinking of projecting it on the screen first. May be inference.
Then we can play Kahoot with the same picture to talk about positional words.
Give them time explore and search their favourite topiary
I loved this teeny-tiny topiary. It reminded me a bit of fairy gardens, and I wondered about the delicate tools that would need to be used to create this little mini-structure. Would the smaller size lend itself well to a project where students carved their own? There would be some good fine motor and planning work there, for sure.
I chose this topiary because I remember watching a clip about this man who was bored of his straight hedge so he started cutting and cutting and it eventually evolved into a dragon; he had not initially intended it to be a dragon. I thought that was pretty neat.
Wow Lisa, looks amazing as a final project.
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