Design a Zoo

Design a Zoo

8-10 yrs old



There are so many ecosystems on the Earth, but many of them are difficult to see or are far away.

avatar Submitted By: Jihae Paek

June 21, 2018


  • Project Based Learning

Learning Objectives

  • Cycles of Matter and Energy: Explain how energy moves through food webs including the roles of photosynthesis and cellular respiration.
  • Interdependence: Explain the interaction and dependence of organisms on one another.
  • Interdependence: Explain how biotic and abiotic factors affect the carrying capacity and stability of an ecosystem.

Guiding Ideas

What is an ecosystem? What is the difference between a food chain and a food web? What happens to animals or plants that live in an ecosystem that does not meet its needs? Give some examples of living things in an ecosystem and some nonliving things. What are the basic needs of animals? What do herbivores eat? What do omnivores eat? What do carnivores eat? What does extinction mean? What does adaptation mean? What are the five groups of vertebrate animals?

Student Activities

Research 8 ecosystems and 1 animal for each ecosystem. Design a zoo that houses 5 different ecosystems.

Performance Expectations

Create a scale model of the zoo from their initial design.


  • Project Based Learning