TechnoZoo: Designing a Zoo Habitat

  • Students will learn to:
    1. Explore the requirements of a habitat that are suitable for the survival of most animals.
    2. Use telecommunications technology to obtain information to solve a probelm.
    3. Utilize math, science, English, and technology skills to design a zoo.
    4. Work together in teams to complete a collaborative research project.
  • 3 x 5 file cards, modeling clay, 1" square graph paper, popsicle sticks, Easter grass, cotton balls

  • Procedures:

    1. Design a habitat suitable for wildlife to survive in a zoo.
    2. Present this problem: "In order to understand the future survival of many animals, you will design and construct models of zoo habitats for endangered animals."
    3. Group students into collaborative teams of four or five students. Give teams a habitat such as these examples:
    4. Give team members an animal to save from extinction along with information (characteristics, habitat, predation, enclosure size) to search for about their animal at these Internet (WWW) sites:
    5. Teams research animal information using Internet (WWW) databases. They summarize information gathered from the WWW, use mathematical skills to calculate animal enclosure sizes on graph paper, and gather materials to construct models of zoos.
    6. Have students use clay, popsicle sticks and paper goods to build model habitats on inch-squared graph paper.
    7. Require students to give a 3-5 minute oral presentation on their zoo animal that explains how it fits into the overall zoo habitat.
    8. Use assessment component of TechnoZoo: Designing a Zoo Habitat:
    1. Assess the 3-dimensional zoo model for accuracy.
    2. Use assessment component to assess student oral presentations.
    Extention: Standards:
  • Science:
  • K.7 Patterns in daily life
    1.8 Limited natural resources
    2.5 living things are part of a system
    3.1 Plan and conduct investigations
    3.6 Study plant and animal diversity
    4.5 Plants and animals in ecosystem interact
    5.1 Investigate using instruments, data, measurements, and graphical data
  • Math:
  • K.16 Gather data by counting and tallying
    1.17 Describe objects that depict geometric figures
    2.19 Create geometric figures using various concrete materials
    3.14 Estimate and use actual measuring devices
    3.21 Collect data and construct a bar graph
    3.22 Interpret data represented picture graphs
    4.19 Collect, organize, and display data
    5.17 Collect, organize, and display data in a variety of forms
  • English:
  • Oral Language:
    K.1 Growth in use of oral language
    1.1 Growth in use of oral language
    2.3 Use oral communication skills
    3.1 Use communication skills in group activities
    3.2 Present brief oral reports
    4.7 Use effective oral communication skills
    5.1 Listen, draw conclusions, and share responses
    K.11 Draw or use letters to write stories
    1.12 Write to communicate ideas
    2.9 Write stories and simple explanations
    3.7 Write descriptive paragraphs
    3.8 Write across content areas
    4.7 Write effective explanations
    5.7 Write for a variety of purposes
    K.8 Demonstrate comprehension of stories
    1.11 Comprehend a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections
    2.8 Comprehend fiction and nonfiction selections
    3.4 Use strategies to read a variety of printed materials
    3.5 Demonstrate comprehension of materials
    3.6 Read a variety of fiction and nonfiction selections
    4.5 Comprehend a variety of printed material
    5.6 Comprehend a variety of literary forms
    2.11 Locate information in reference materials
    3.10 Record information from resources
    4.9 Use information resources to research a topic
    5.8 Synthesize information from a variety of resources
  • Computer/Technology:
  • 5.2. Develop basic technology skills.
    5.3 Use search strategies to retrieve electronic
    information using telecommunications databases.
    5.4 Create a 1-2 page document using word-processing skills

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    Date Updated: January 18, 2001