Many students visited aquarium, but have they ever thought about creating and running their own? Operate an Aquarium gives students the chance to manage an aquarium picking the all the animals, designing exhibits, choosing supplies, and applying a variety of academics skills to do so.
Operate An Aquarium
integrates elements of research, planning, math, and ELA skills as students design, create, and operate an aquarium. At the end of this PBL students will have applied a variety of the skills needed to run and manage their town’s aquarium through various activities including planning, budgeting, designing exhibits, 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.
Over 20 activities included (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 aquariums and their favorite parts of them, which will help guide them for their planning.
10 Water You Brainstorming
Students brainstorm about all the different elements of aquariums.
11 Fishing For Vocabulary
Students define 27 vocabulary words related to sea and water life.
14 About the Aquarium
Students learn more information specific to the aquarium and what the old building currently consists of.
15 Same Except Different
Students compare and contrast the difference between museums and aquariums.
16 Symbiotic Set-Ups
Students read and think about the types of exhibits they’ll set up. One of the keys for creating thriving aquarium habitats is making one where the animals don’t eat and destroy each other.
17 Animal List
Students generate lists of animals they could include in the exhibits.
19 Exhibit Themes
Students choose exhibit themes and create a design for the tanks, along with animals and materials necessary.
21 Large Tank
Students design the large tank exhibits and add in the animals. This is two pages, one for each tank.
23 Single Exhibits
Students research and design smaller exhibits that will hold single animals. There are ten sheets that include fish, mammals, amphibians, reptiles, and insects. There are also blank sheets for students to choose even more animals for the aquarium.
36 Make It Official
Students create an official name, title, logo, and mission statement.
37 Immediate Impact
Students design an entrance exhibit that visitors will immediately see when they walk into the aquarium.
38 Budget and Supplies
Students work from a budget and pick supplies needed for the aquarium. There are three additional sheets to separate out the supplies and materials for graphing, logic reasoning, and math skills.
42 Concession Math
Students pick items for the concession stand and create math problems for other students to answer.
44 Fish Food and Costs
Students practice rounding and estimation using amounts of food needed and costs to run the aquarium. This is 2 pages.
46 Job Positions
Students pick classmates, friends, or family to fill particular job positions within the aquarium.
47 Map it Out
Students create a map of their museum including all exhibits and additional items listed.
50 Problem Solver
Students must solve issues that can arise when operating an aquarium and write how they would deal with each one.
-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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