Your students will go WILD for this math and informative writing project. Learning about habitats and animals has never been so much fun!
As a shared research project, students will fill in their Habitat Field Guide as they learn about the plants, animals, and adaptations in the wetlands, deserts, rain forest, savanna, tundra, and woodland. You can use the three suggested websites or your own informational text for this research. (no informative text is included)
Then students are put into 6 groups, one for each habitat. With their group, they will plan and design their area of the class Wild Animal Park. Students are responsible for keeping accurate records as they track their expenses and income by adding and subtracting 3 and 4 digit numbers, (regrouping is required for most calculations).
After their habitats are set up the students will get to experience running the park with Daily Cards. The cards tell the daily ticket sales as well as the unexpected expenses like vet bills and building repairs.
Students keep track of their profits and expenses and a running balance of their park account. The object, of course, is to make money with their park.
Kids will have a blast planning, designing and running the class Wild Animal Park!
Teacher suggestions and tips
Direction cards for each step.
Habitat Field guide, blank so students can fill in information during shared research.
All forms for ordering animals and record keeping.
20 Daily Cards for 20 days of operation, each card lists income and expenses.
Habitat Brochure, blank form to fill out with information for visitors
Informative Writing Options:
Accordion Fact Book
TKW (I Think I Know, I Know I Know, I Want to Know) note card organizing folder
Habitat Pop-Out folder and Mini-book directions
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