# Problem Solving Design Zoo Math Challenge Common Core Standards

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4.NBT.B.4, 4.NBT.B.5, 4.MD.A.3, 5.NBT.B.5, 5.NBT.B.7
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Problem Solving Design Zoo Math Challenge Common Core Standards:
Numbers and Operations in Base Ten and Measurement and Data

This is the opening scenario for this 35-page Design a Zoo zipped file activity... "Congratulations! You and your team of engineers and zoologists have convinced the WZA (World Zoological Association) that your team is the right one to design the next world zoo. Your team is one of five finalists in the entire world who have been asked to design the first phase for a zoo. After your team comes up with the first phase for the Dream Zoo, it will then send the proposal to the WZA for review. Your team will want to make sure that what it chooses for this zoo will be a major attraction for hundreds of thousands of people every year! So, good luck to you and your team."

This 35-page document is intended to help your students enjoy math as they problem solve. To make the activity interesting some of the zoo animals included are extinct (dinosaurs, woolly mammoth, dodo bird, etc.), endangered, or just regular animals.

Everything that a teacher would need is included (handouts, answer key, extension activities, rubric, etc.). Students are given 60 million dollars to purchase animals, construct buildings, and build paths for a zoo. Prices of animals are based on the size of the animal and its sociability. Students will need to purchase animals from the five categories (mammals, reptiles, fish, birds, and invertebrates). Depending on your class, you may have to adjust the amount that is spent.

This zipped file contains 8 Microsoft Word documents and also the same 8 documents saved in PDF.

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I used this with my middle school special ed students in December, right before Christmas break. Something different than the norm was really helpful to maintain focus. There are lots of easy ways to extent the project, such as talking about area and perimeter when laying out the zoo or researching which animals should or should not "room" near each other. Great resource!
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This was a fun activity, but it took several times to read and re-read it before I could implement it.
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Lots of errors so had to rate C. For example, Invertebrates page says "Name of Fish", "Weight of Fish", etc. instead of "Name of Invertebrate", "Weight of Invertebrate". etc. All five building worksheets say "Mammals Included" even though only one building worksheet is designed for mammals.
We also had to create a sheet for students to use to help them figure out the total weight of the animals based on the quantity they choose since it is the total weight, not individual weight, that goes in the Total Weight in each building. Overall though, the kids had a lot of fun doing this project!

Update March 2013: I see the errors have been fixed. Thanks!
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Can't wait to see my 4th graders use this!
This is a fun activity. You can always adjust the amount ot money the students have to spend too. Thanks for rating our activity!

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Excited to use this unit for my 5th grade students' study on classifying and zoo research.
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I can't wait to use this in my 6th grade math class!! This seems so thorough!!! Thank you!
Yes- and you can easily adapt it as well. Thanks for rating our activity!

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this is going to be a great tool that my kids will love!
This is a fun activity. The amount of money given to the students can vary. You can adapt this to your students. Thanks for rating our activity!

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A fun way to practice a variety of math skills!
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I believe some animals were doubled up.
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I can't wait to try this with my 5th and 6th Grade Classes.
Our students love this. You can vary the amount the students spend also. Thanks for rating our activity!

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Lots of info!!!
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How many days does this last? Is it broken down by day?
I would say between 2-3 class periods. Thanks for the question. Wise Guys
Does this provide a list of Common Core standards addressed through the activity?
No, there is not a list of standards. They are embedded throughout the activities. That is a great idea though. Thanks for your question.
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