Design a Zoo - Maths problem solving using addition and subtraction, area and perimeter
The task is to design a brand new zoo thinking about
different animals needing different amounts of space, the children have to calculate costs and profit. They are not given a budget but the more species they have the more money they earn.

I have included a fact sheet: containing 7 pages that include the species of animals the space they need and some tables to record their calculations, an editable Smart Notebook resource to start the project and a squared paper sheet (best printed on A3) to try and calculate the perimeter - if they share the perimeters it reduces the cost of the fencing.

This took my class 4 maths lessons with a 5th sharing their designs and budget. They loved it - probably because we approached it as a design competition.
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  • Build-a-Zoo.pdf
  • Area-and-Perimeter-Zoo.notebook
  • Zoo-Map.pdf

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Created: Apr 30, 2015

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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