Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project

Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
Project Based Learning (PBL) - Area & Perimeter - Zoo Design Project
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Included in this project guide are multiple versions of steps/student handout sheets. There are sheets:

- Focused on students showing their understanding of ONLY perimeter
- Focused on students showing their understanding of BOTH perimeter and area

***************Also included: ready to print 11x17 Zoo Map Directory Paper***************

Depending which version of sheets you use, this project guide is aligned with Grade 3 and 4 learning outcomes, but could easily be adapted and used in a variety of grades, for a variety of purposes. You could use this as a review of perimeter and area, as a STEM project guide, as an independent extension for early-finishers, etc….


Allow your students to become engineers, architects, and zoo habitat designers with this fun, interactive, project-based learning (PBL) zoo design activity!

Bring your perimeter/area units to life with this fun, engaging project. Prepare your students for the experience by reading the Job Description from the Zoo Committee (included in Step 1). They will be looking for:

- Creative Architects: who can plan and map out blueprints of the zoo. Architects will need to carefully decide where animal enclosures should be located, and consider the wants and needs of customers (washrooms, food shops, gift shop, etc).

- Skilled Engineers: who can draw and build the designs onto a map, using their knowledge of area and perimeter to carefully map out the exact measurements required for the structures.

- Zoo Habitat Designers: who can use their knowledge of animals and design to thoughtfully decide what animals the zoo should purchase, and how to group these animals when building their enclosures.

Project Based Learning (PBL) - Perimeter/Area Zoo Design:
This project guide includes everything required to lead your students through a full zoo design, allowing students to showcase their knowledge of perimeter and area. In addition, this resource integrates various other math, science, and social studies concepts, and also includes many extension activities for extended research and writing opportunities. These include exploring both extinct and endangered animals, and the role that zoos and humans play in animal habitat preservation! Multiple versions of sheets are included so students may work alone, in partners, or groups.

This project is based around the idea of students creating a zoo and using their knowledge of area and perimeter, along with many other math (and academic) skills, while allowing students to immerse themselves into a real-world scenario.

Students will be required to create a budget, use checklists, create blue prints, incorporate map skills, and more with this form of project based learning as they build their own zoo.

The first activity will challenge students to work with values up to $1000 as they purchase the animals for their zoo. Students will get practice with 2- and 3-step addition and subtraction as they decide what animals will live in their zoo!

Structured Steps:
1. Budget (Purchase Animals for your Zoo)
2. Design (Sketch the Blueprint/Architectural Design for your Zoo)
3. Final Product (How to Arrange Work into a Finished Project)
4. Self Assessment (3 Part / 4 Point Rubric Provided for Student and Teacher Use)
- Design Process self/group reflection

What Makes This Project Guide Effective?

Feeling nervous to dive into PBL with your class? That's normal! It can be difficult to manage all of your students at once, while allowing students to work at their own pace. This project guide provides teachers and students with easy steps to follow, so that students can engage in true, self-directed PBL, without the need for whole-group teacher instruction at every step. This project guide was designed with student independence in mind.

Along the way, there are self-checklists, and rubrics to keep students focused and on the right track for success!

While your advanced learners are able to practice the analysis and application of skills, you can focus your attention on planning mini-lessons for the learners who need more direct instruction and guided practice.
*Additionally: Differentiate for your students needs using the different variations of sheets in this guide*

This PBL resource can also work as perfect math enrichment for advanced learners, or as ongoing center work for early finishers.


Why Try Project-Based Learning (PBL)?

One of the major advantages of project-based work is that it makes school more like real life. As we prepare students to be successful in the 21st century, PBL allows students the chance to develop critical skills in:

- Personal and Social Responsibility
- Planning, Critical Thinking, Reasoning, and Creativity
- Communication, Both for Interpersonal and Presentation Needs
- Interdisciplinary Understanding
- Visualizing and Decision Making
- Knowing How and When to use Technology and How to Choose the Most Appropriate
Tool or Skill for a Given Task

How Does PBL Help Teachers and Students?

- PBL and the use of technology can enable students and teachers to reach beyond the
walls of the classroom.
- Students will become engaged builders, cultivating a new knowledge base and
become active, lifelong learners.
- PBL teaches children to take control of their learning, the first step as lifelong learners.


When children are interested in what they are doing and are able to use their areas of strength, they achieve at a higher level. Allow students to become designers of their own learning as they are guided through this job application process!
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