Build Your Own Zoo



1) Begin by watching this video about Perimeter and Area: javascript:nicTemp();

2) Before you start building your zoo, let's review how to calculate perimeter and area. Go to javascript:nicTemp();

Follow Amy and Ben as they look at how perimeter and area and related, and how they will build a pen in their backyard for their new puppy. Record your answers to the questions asked in the activity on the worksheet provided below. You only need to turn in one worksheet per group.

3) Once you're confident in your abilities calculating perimeter and area, it's time to do some research! Before you can build your zoo, you need to know a little bit more about the animals you will be building for. Below, find your group number and assigned animals.

Follow the links next to your assigned animals to find out information about their habitats. Use the worksheet below to record your information.

4) Now it's time to start building the habitats for your animals. You already know how big the area of each habitat has to be, but it is up to you to decide the shape of the habitat and the length of each of its sides. 

Use scrap paper to figure out your calculations and design the shape of the habitat. When you are happy with it, you will draw each of your habitats out on a large piece of poster board. Be sure to include all your measurements and calculations, as well as the information you found out about each animal's habitat! Use crayons and markers to illustrate each habitat, and don't forget to label each animal.

The whole class will use the same scale to put their habitats on paper. The scale is 1 inch = 1 meter.

5) When everyone has finished creating their habitats, we will put them up on the wall and see our completed class zoo!

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