Build a Wildlife Shelter: Biology Project Based Learning and Design Thinking

Grade Levels
10th - 12th, Homeschool
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12 pages
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This science biology project based learning challenge for high school students is the perfect way to learn ecology concepts and build awesome skills that come along with PBL and design thinking.

Students will design and build a shelter for a local species of their choice. Learners will research their organism's behavior, habitat requirements, natural territory, and more to help them refine their shelter design. This is a fun, engaging, student-centered, and inquiry-based biology project based learning experience.

The idea behind this resource and all resources under my "Maker PBL" product line is to merge the effective learning principles of project-based learning with design thinking.

This product is intended to be budget-friendly. That is part of the challenge for students. It doesn't have to be expensive. Use the community as a resource.

This resource includes:

  • Teacher guide - Implementation steps, materials list, suggestions for collaborations, and other PBL elements
  • Exploration and brainstorming guide sheet
  • Design guide
  • Product test phase guide
  • Task checklist
  • Project-specific reflection questions
  • Project rubric

***This product includes a printable and digital Google Slides version. Neither versions are editable at this time.

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity. Examples of human activities can include urbanization, building dams, and dissemination of invasive species.
Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.


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