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Science Lesson Plans

  1. Learn to identify kinds of stone used. Which kind is prevalent in this cemetery? Which kind withstands weather the best? Are the stones imported or local?
  2. Look at the tress and shrubs. Identify. Can you tell their ages? Compare their ages with the death date on nearby stones. Have any trees grown through a grave, pushed a stone or fence, or broken a wall?
  3. Identify location of the cemetery in the community; churchyard, family, private of municipal?
  4. Note topography; is this a desirable site? Is it shady, near a body of water, on a hill, in a valley?
  5. Make a map of the cemetery showing streets and memorable lots, bodies of water, landmarks, etc.
  6. In what direction are most of the graves facing? Do you know why?
  7. Collect specimens of different leaves that you might find in the cemetery. Draw the shapes of the leaves in the blocks below and also record the color. Later, when you are in your classroom, color in the shapes using the colors you have recorded. Bring all specimens back with you to your classroom.
  8. Describe and draw a wildflower. Record the color and size. Is there grass growing around the flowers? Why or why not? Are there any trees around the flower?
  9. Did you find any types of animal life in the cemetery? Sketch or photograph some of your findings.
  10. Find the oldest gravestone within a specified area of the cemetery. If it's tilted why?


Spring Grove Cemetery has a listing of State and National Champion Trees. They also have a listing of woody plants found at the Arboretum. Visit the cemetery before taking your students and you will be able to find things to study related to your area.

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