Project Based Learning: Design a Theme Park. Let you students research, plan, design and create their very own Theme Park!
This project gives students the opportunity to be creative while developing their skills in mathematics, collaborative group work, technology, planning, critical thinking, and more! There are 32 pages within the project, but as the teacher, you may pick and choose which pages students work with. You can simply hit print on all pages or just select a specific range. The choice is yours! Regardless, each page is filled with a topic or an issue that students have to solve through designing, creating, or researching.
As students work through the project, they get to make their own decisions about what they will include in their Theme Park. Collaboratively, they will make decisions and the outcomes are based on the information they learn. By the end of this project, students throughout your classroom will create different projects, but each project will be an individual representation of each student who worked on the project because it will be their imagination shining through. They will be the creators, so no two projects will be exactly the same, which makes it all the more exciting!
It is ultimately up to you, as the teacher to set the parameters of this project. Students can work individually, in partners, small groups, or you can divide the project up by tasks and work on it as a whole class. The choice is yours!
Personally, in my classroom, I have students work in partners or small groups on the project. I set it up as a Project Based Learning and explain that, at the end, the class will vote on whether or not the theme park will be built. This sets up a task where the students have to put pride in their work because they know that they are going to have to convince their classmates their project/theme park should be built! It also makes it more fun and realistic if students have an end-goal in mind.
♦ Project Overview and Notes
Describes the project, how you can have students do it, and personal notes about how I integrate it in my classroom.
♦ Table of Contents
A list of where you can find everything in the product to make your life a little easier.
♦ Project Resources
A list of book and internet resources you and your students can use to investigate theme park designing. It also helps capture their attention and give them a real-life connection to the project they will be creating.
♦ Student Booklet Cover Page
A cover page for the project.
♦ Student Project Information Page
Students are given an introduction to the project in the form of a task from their City Council.
♦ Theme Park Brainstorming Pages
Students are asked to brainstorm about theme parks and answer questions about Theme Parks.
♦ Brand the Theme Park Page
Students are asked to come up with a name for their theme park, a logo, a slogan, and an overall theme for their park.
♦ Supply Budget Pages
Students are required to spend credits on both the supplies they need to create their theme park and on the rides they want in their theme park.
♦ Ride Design Pages
Students create, illustrate, and name the rides they plan to include in their theme park. The rides should be based on the theme of their park.
♦ Food/Menu Design Pages
Students are asked to create, design, and name the food locations throughout their park. They are also asked to come up with a park menu and price the items they will serve throughout the park.
♦ Souvenir Design Pages
Students are asked to create, design, and price the souvenirs they will offer throughout their theme park.
♦ Billboard Design Page
Students create a billboard to advertise their park along a busy highway.
♦ Smartphone App Design Page
Students will create an app to advertise their park. They will design three screenshot to illustrate what people will see on the app when they view it on a smartphone.
♦ Marketing Strategy Page
Students are given a task by the Marketing Department to come up with five reasons as to why people should visit their theme park.
♦ Park Map Designing Pages
Students finally create a map of their theme park. They are given specific items they are to include on their maps.
♦ Theme Park Experience Writing Pages
There are two writing activities for students to complete. One asks students to envision themselves as a guest in their park. They write about their experience. The second asks students to show their project to a classmate and have them write about their experience at the theme park as if they are guests, too.
♦ Student Reflection Pages
Students reflect on the project they created with questions to guide their thinking.
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