This is a set of resources designed to be a rich mathematical task, used for project lessons. The project is set up to span around 4 hours, but could stretch to 5 or be condensed to a single lesson if excluding certain aspects. Suitable for years 7 - 10.
The pack contains worksheets, lesson powerpoints and a feedback sheet for students to complete whilst watching presentations.
Details of activities:
Activity 1: Choose a name and theme. Students choose a name for their theme park and design a logo for it. They also have to decide on a theme and target market. The maths involved in this lesson involved number skills required to be able to select the desired name.
Activity 2: Choose a location. Students decide on the optimal location for their park based on floor space, location and condition of the site. This lesson involves area of compound shapes (with challenge involving circles) along with financial calculations.
Activity 3: Choose rides. Students decide on the rides they want in their park which need to fit in with their theme and target market. In order to pick rides, students must calculate costs which include upfront costs and upkeep costs which varies between weekly, monthly and yearly for each ride. Students have to manage their budget to optimise their choice. Further to this, each ride is given a fun factor as a fraction which students have to work with in order to find out if their theme park hits the requirements.
Activity 4: Catch up and presentations
My students have loved completing this activity when I have ran it, and it is also nice to give them an opportunity to stand up and present their ideas and calculations to the class.
Any questions, please ask!