Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)

Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
Build Your Backyard Oasis, A Project Based Learning Activity (PBL)
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More and more people are choosing staycations over vacations these days. They’d rather stay at home and relax as a vacation rather than spend tons of money somewhere else with long lines, crowds of people, and expensive food. Luckily, your students just started a new business that turns backyards into oasis’. This business focuses on creating vacation-like atmospheres for backyards and private properties while managing all aspects of this business from budgets, design, and job skills to create the perfect oasis.

Build A Backyard Oasis integrates elements of research, planning, math, and ELA skills as students design a backyard oasis. At the end of this PBL students will have a better understanding of the skills needed to create one through a variety of activities that take them through the planning, budgeting, designing, and key decision making.

Students may need to have access to a variety of resources to complete this PBL. This could include maps, internet access, and laptops/computers/devices.

There are over 20 activities (most are 1 page each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research.

As students work through each page, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator’s imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.

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7 Title Page - Introduction

9 Planning It Out
Students answer questions about why people like to take vacations at their homes/towns and turning those places into their own oasis.

10 Backyard Brainstorming
Students brainstorm about all the different elements of backyards and how places can be turned into personal resorts.

11 Vocabulary
Students define 18 different words through illustrations or writing.

13 Plant List
Students identify plants (trees, bushes, flowers) that are in their area and could be used for the oasis.

14 Make It Official
Students create a business name, logo, and slogan.

15 Highly Skilled Trades
Students identify skilled needed for 8 different trades listed (plumber, mason, carpenter, etc) and why those skills are important.

17 Job Positions
Students must find people that can fill the jobs for each of the positions.

18 Wanna Get Away
Students create different backyard oasis themes and illustrate them, along with writing a short summary of what is included.

20 Drawing Designs
Students create illustrated designs of (up to) 24 different items that could be included in the backyards (pools, hot tubs, sun deck, and more).

24 Building Backyards
Students create a miniature backyard (as practice) that includes nine specific elements (which will be listed).

25 Brochure
Students create a tri-fold brochure of the business and everything else it has to offer.

26 Water Feature
Students create a single water feature with a graphic organizers that will help them pick specific details, they’ll then design it.

27 Backyard Oasis Challenge
Students are challenged to create a backyard oasis for the local community center. It will begin with budget and supply lists, breaking down the data, and culminate with students designing a full backyard oasis. This portion can be up to eight pages long.

28 Budget & Supplies
This is a four page section. Students pick items and are limited to a budget. They then take their budget and supplies and break it down looking at costs. Students will graph the information and analyze it.

32 Blue Prints
Students will take the supplies and materials from the previous pages and use it to create a blueprint of the oasis. The blueprints can be more than one page if needed.

35 Share it Out
Students share what they’ve been challenged to create by “posting” on social media using their own illustrations.


-All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions.

-Students may choose to use multiple resources to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but you get final say on that.

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