Students will create a life size zoo to learn about measurement, ecosystems, habitats, food chains, predators, climate and more. This is a great project for the end of your unit.
Be sure you have a lot of butcher paper available (one animal is 7 ft. long) and make sure you have access to the internet for groups of students to do research.
This is a great end of the year project!
Each group of students will receive an animal to research and then create their animal to scale using the butcher paper. The research about their animal will include: animal classification, diet/prey, size, ecosystem, climate, habitat, native plants in the ecosystem, adaptations, interesting fact, predators, average life span, food chain, and endangerment (what causes an ecosystem to become unbalanced.)
All the animal cards are printed on a mini ipad and are color coded by their classification. There are three facts given to the students on the animal card but they will have to research their animal to find out the rest. (Student recording sheet is included for this activity)
The students will display their final product of their animal. There is a large ipad with each animal's name on it for the students to use for display next to their animal. On the ipad there is a QR code for each animal that other people can scan. It will take them to a website with more information about that animal and show an actual picture of the animal. (The QR codes are only a bonus and don't have to be used.)
After all the animals are displayed at the "zoo", the students will go on an adaptations hunt. There is a recording sheet for students to find all the animals with a specific adaptation. They write the animal and what that adaptation is used for. The student sheet is included along with a teacher answer key.
Another lesson is included about unbalanced environments and how this affects an ecosystem. There are cards with facts about that endangered species and students will compare the cards, then sort them by similar reasons for endangerment. Reasons include: loss of habitat, human impact, pollution, newly introduced species, climate change.
*mini ipads of the animals: 12 mammals, 12 birds, 6 amphibians, 9 fish, 9 reptiles, and 6 invertebrate
*detailed teacher directions
*animal fact student recording sheet
*habitat student recording sheet
*Endangerment animal cards
*Display sheets on large ipads with each animal's name