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Exploring Career as Landscape Worker
Alan Mowery
Applied Technologies

Unit created on 8/11/1999 EST.
Last modified 11/11/1999 4:07:09 PM EST.

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Fundamental Understandings (help)

Student will analyze landscape worker job to identify tasks involved according to the Dept. of Labor Student will select and use appropriate technology to research information and assess the credence of the informational source. Student will demonstrate knowledge of site development, lawn care, and care and maintenance of plantings. Student will practice designing irrigation system appropriate for a specific site developed with lawn and plantings. Student will interpret specific zone and deed restrictions and apply the information in planning and designing site. Student will apply basic principles of sun-orientation on heating and cooling and watering variables. Student will analyze variables that are applicable to informed decision making in selecting appropriate plants and shrubs that may be expected to thrive in this climate and adjust to the water restrictions currently enforced. Student will know how to layout an irrigation system to efficiently meet watering needs. Student will calculate gallonage required for the irrigation system as planned.

Technology ISTE Standards (info) 

Severely Emotionallly Disturbed Students at Mainland High School will use technology resources to address personal, lifelong learning, and workplace needs.

Information Literacy Standards (info) 

Student recognizes need for information. Student recognizes that accurate and comprehensive information is the basis for intelligent decision-making. Student formates questions based on information needs. Student uses information effectively and creatively, as described by the following indicators: 1. organizes information for practical application 2. integrates new information into one's own knowledge. Student pursues information relevant to personal interests, as described by the following indicators: 1. seeks information relevant to various dimensions of own interest, such as career interests, community involvement, health matters, and recreational pursuits.

Relevance (help)

Student will be knowledgeable of landscape worker tasks in preparation for employment. Student will attain skills usable in maintaining own home and environs. Student will practice researching, selecting, and planning appropriate care and maintenance of plants , shrubs and trees that are appropriate to this climate. Student will whet personal analytical skills in assessing appropriateness of trees and shrubs for specific site, taking into consideration the water limitations and climatic impact on plantings. Student will apply math skills in calculating watering needs, costs of plantings, and measuring lot dimensions. Student will use common materials (cement, peat, perlite, and vermicultie) to create light-weight, durable planting pots that simulate heavy cement pots, realizing that garden landscapes may be enhanced by decorative pots that may be accessed economically with the investment of energy and creativity.

Assessment (help)

The student will print a copy of the site design depicting the lot and placement of the buildings. The student will use computer software to research plants and trees and shrubs to attain the needs of specific plantings. The information will be placed on a reference chart. The student may also attain information from reference text: Alys Clancy's Gardening Guide (a guide for gardeners in East Volusia County, Florida} Student will design lot and irrigation system and print out hard copy to be analyzed and evaluated by teacher and student cooperatively. Student will submit a evaluation chart of the plant selections for the established lawn.

Components (help)

I. Student will use computer software for site development, locating a house on a lot 80" x 160', facing the house to the East and including a two-car garage on the west side. A deck 12' x 25' will be on the north side. The street is on the south side of the lot. Student will take into consideration: zone restrictions deed restrictions climate challenges heating and cooling costs water restrictions. Print out developed site plan depicting orientation of the house on lot. II. Select lawn type and shrubs, trees and plantings for the lot. Use computer software to indicate the planting on the site. Select plantings that may be expected to thrive in the Daytona Beach climate, considering watering restrictions and water requirements of each planting. Trees should be no more that 25-30 feet at full growth. Print out hard copy for teacher-student analysis and evaluation. III. Use computer software, LANDDESIGNER 3D, and the www.toro.com/sprinkler URL to design appropriate irrigation system for the site developed. Design a 3 zone system. Use a minimum of one sprinkler head of each type: quarter-circle, half-circle, full circle, and straight head. Try to include a single stream head, a flood bubbler, and a fixed spray head. Determine gallonage of irrigation system for one hour. Figure the cost of irrigating with this system on city water supply. Figure the cost of installing a shallow well and irrigation pump. Compare the two sources of water supply and choose the most economical system to use for irrigating the lawn. Print a hard copy of the irrigation system as planned. Prepare a written cost comparison of the water supply sources. IV. Working with a classmate, select one home in your neighborhood that you both think is a well designed lot. Sketch the lot shape on quarter inch graph paper.. Measure each side of the lot and record the length of each side on your sketch. Sketch in the shrubs and trees. Name the shrubs and trees. You may ask the owner for the names of the plantings.If the kind of tree or shrub is not known, use Alys Clancy's Garden Guide to try to find the name of the planting. Write the name of the grass on the lot. Make a chart showing each planting and the care requirements of each. Evaluate the owner's selection in regard to the climate and water shortage in our area. Refer to Alys Clancys garden Guide to make you judgement of the approriateness of the planting. Rate each selection on a 1 to 10 rating . Let 1 stand for very poor selection and 10 stand for excellent choice. Research the type of grass that the owner used for the lawn. Record the pros and cons of that type of grass for area. V. Participating in a team activity, the student will use cement, peat, vermiculite, and perlite to create a hypertufa planter suitable for plantings to enhance a landscape. An objective comparison will be made with a heavy, costly cement planter to evaluate the process and product.

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Workforce Competencies (info) (help)

3.5 Students display responsibility, self-esteem, sociability, self-management, integrity, and healthy decision-making. 3.8 Students work cooperatively to successfully complete a project or activity. 5.1 Student will integrate academic and applied technology principles into the workplace.

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