Project Based Learning: Design a Zoo. Let you students research, plan, design, problem solve, and create their very own Zoo!
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 28 pages within the project, but as the teacher, you may pick and choose which pages students interact 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, research, problem solving, critical thinking, reflecting, etc.
As students work through the project, they get to make their own decisions about what they will include in their Zoo. 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 Zoo 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 that their Zoo should be built! It also makes it more fun and realistic if students have a real-world, end-goal in mind as they dedicate their time and energy to this project.
I hope your students enjoy this as much as mine do!
Included in this Project:
♦Students Booklet Cover Page
A cover page for the project.
Students are given an introduction to the project in the form of a task from their City Council.
Students are asked to brainstorm about a zoo and answer some questions about zoos to get their creativity flowing.
♦Brand the Zoo
Students are asked to come up with a name for their Zoo, a logo, a slogan, and more!
Students are required to spend credits on both the things (like buildings and carts) in their zoo. They are also asked to spend credits on Animal Exhibits.
Students will need multiple pages of this activity. They are asked to design and illustrate the exhibits they purchased.
♦Finding the Area & Perimeter
Students design a park blueprint and determine the area and perimeter of their exhibits.
♦Create a Map
An alternative or extension to finding the area and perimeter. Students create a colorful park map for guests to use as they visit their zoo.
Students are asked to create, design, and name the food located throughout their zoo. They are also asked to come up with a park menu and price the items they will serve throughout the zoo.
Students are asked to create, design, and price the souvenirs they will offer throughout their Zoo.
Students create a billboard to advertise their Zoo along a busy highway.
♦Smartphone App Design
Students will create an app to advertise their Zoo. They will design three screenshots to illustrate what people will see on the app when they view it on a smartphone.
Students are given a task by the Marketing Department to come up with five reasons as to why people should visit their Zoo.
♦Writing: The Zoo Experience
There are two writing activities for students to complete. One asks students to envision themselves as a guest in their zoo. They write about their experience. The second task asks students to show their project to a classmate and have them write about their experience at the zoo as if they are guests, too.
♦Reflection on the Project
Students reflect on the project they created with questions to guide their thinking.
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Try: Design a Theme Park
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