Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math PBL

Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math PBL



Build a Zoo Project Based Learning – 5th Grade Math PBL

⭐ Build a Zoo is a project-based learning task that involves using 5th grade math standards to solve problems related to 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 on building a zoo by choosing the animals for their zoo, creating a blueprint, calculating length and width, interpreting data, and more. 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.

  • 5.NBT.A.3 Read, write and compare decimals to thousandths.
  • 5.NBT.B.5 Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
  • 5.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors.
  • 5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to the hundredth.
  • 5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators.
  • 5.MD.A.1 Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system.
  • 5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit.


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 tasked to build their own zoo to practice 5th grade math standards problems.


✏️ 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 Directions & Standards Addressed
  2. Student Directions
  3. Choosing Your Animals
  4. Building the Exhibits (Area & Perimeter)
  5. Animal Habitats (Money, Addition)
  6. Feeding Time (Word Problems, Decimals, Mass)
  7. Zoo Brochure
  8. Zoo Attendance (Word Problems, Representing, and Interpreting Data)
  9. Challenge #1: Snake Lengths (Comparing Decimals)
  10. Challenge #2: Snack Stand (Money, Word Problems)
  11. Challenge #3: Primate Classes (Line Plots, Word Problems)
  12. Self-Reflection and Evaluation
  13. Answer Key


Looking for more differentiation? Check out the 3rd Grade version!


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