Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 4th Grade Math PBL



Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 4th 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, fractions), develop a zoo brochure (writing), and monitor zoo attendance (money and comparison). 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.

  • 4.OA.A.3 Solve multistep word problems posed with whole numbers and have whole-number answers using the four operations.
  • 4.NBT.A.2 Compare two multi-digit numbers based on the meanings of the digits in each place.
  • 4.NBT.B.4 Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • 4.NBT.B.5 Multiply a whole number of up to four digits by a one-digit whole number.
  • 4.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors.
  • 4.NF.A.2 Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators.
  • 4.MD.A.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money.
  • 4.MD.A.3 Apply the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems.


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
  4. Animal Habitats
  5. Feeding Time
  6. Zoo Brochure
  7. Zoo Attendance
  8. Challenge #1 Snake Lengths
  9. Challenge #2 Snack Stand
  10. Challenge #3 Primate Babies
  11. Self Reflection and Rubric


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


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