Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity

Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
Designing a Zoo exhibit: A problem based learning activity
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Grades 4 – 5 – 6
As the zoologist for your local zoo, your students are asked to plan a new exhibit. After planning which animal species will be included and deciding on the other living and non-living parts of the exhibit, students will need to design an advertisement to attract visitors to the zoo.

The advertisement is an open-ended assignment that encourages students to be creative. They could make a poster, a video, slide show, or a pamphlet that would advertise their new zoo exhibit.

My class loved this assignment last year. Although we did the research in class, the project/advertisement was a homework project. Students were very creative filming “tv ads,” completing slide presentations on Google slides, and making posters and presentation boards.

This pdf includes pages for research and planning for their zoo exhibit. My class all did the same biome last year, however this school year I will give them a choice of biomes. Included in the pdf are instruction pages for the following biomes:
• Arctic and tundra
• Tropical Rainforest
• Coniferous forest/Taiga
• Temperate Deciduous forest
• Savanna
• Desert
• Freshwater
• Marine

The student’s instruction page includes four websites that are student friendly and easy to navigate. This sheet also includes a grading rubric.
The planning pages are generic to the assignment, so they are usable for all the biomes. No need to print a variety of planning pages for students choosing different biomes to research.

My students completed the assignment and returned the instruction sheet. I used that rubric to grade their projects, which made grading quick and easy for me to complete.

The pdf can be edited. I included the name of our local zoo on the first line of the student instruction sheet. To personalize the assignment, I suggest changing this zoo name to a local zoo or animal park. When reading the instructions, many students were convinced that they were planning a real exhibit for our zoo.

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