Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 3rd Grade Math PBL

Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 3rd Grade Math PBL


Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 3rd Grade Math PBL

⭐ Build a Zoo is a project based learning unit based all around building and maintaining a zoo. This resource contains a standards-based unit in both printable PDF and Google Slides versions – so it’s the perfect activity to increase engagement and interest in the classroom or distance learning. Students follow instructions to choose animals, build exhibits (area & perimeter), design animal habitats (research, science, money), organize feeding times (research, science, multiplication, repeated addition, and subtraction), develop a zoo brochure (writing), and monitor zoo attendance (money word problems). Additional “challenge activities” engage students and develop further understanding of the concepts and skills.


⭐ This project-based learning task involves using the following CCSS math standards to solve problems related to building a zoo.

  • 3.NBT.A.3 Multiply one-digit whole numbers by multiples of 10
  • 3.MD.A.1 Tell and write time to the nearest minute and measure time intervals in minutes
  • 3.MD.B.3 Draw a scaled picture graph and a scaled bar graph to represent a data set with several categories
  • 3.MD.C.5 Recognize area as an attribute of plane figures and understand concepts of area measurement
  • 3.MD.C.6 Measure area by counting square units
  • 3.MD.C.7 Relate area to the operations of multiplication and addition
  • 3.MD.D.8 Solve real world and mathematical problems involving perimeters of polygons


Key Features:

✏️ Printable & Digital Format – Printable PDF & Google Slides formats make this resource perfect for classroom instruction, distance learning, and everywhere in between. Digital and printable versions are consistent, so they can be used for combination classroom and virtual instruction situations.


✏️ Educational & Engaging – This resource will capture the imagination of your students while they practice key math skills. Students are required to build and maintain a zoo under various constraints while practicing key numbers and operations in base ten and measurement and data skills.


✏️ Differentiation – Three challenge activities mean that you can challenge your high-performing students while making the resource accessible to your on-level and below-level students.


What’s Included?

  1. Teacher and Student Directions
  2. Choose Your Animals
  3. Build the Exhibits (area and perimeter)
  4. Animal Habitats (research, science, money)
  5. Feeding Time (research, science, multiplication, repeated addition, and subtraction)
  6. Zoo Brochure (writing)
  7. Zoo Attendance (money word problems)
  8. Challenge #1 Reptile House (area and perimeter)
  9. Challenge #2 Snack Stand (money word problems)
  10. Challenge #3 Primate Classes (Schedule and Time)
  11. Self Reflection and Rubric


Please Note: This escape room is similar to the 4th grade version but with passages and questions on a 3rd grade level.


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