Monday, May 7, 2012

Zoo Project Based Learning

If you read about my last PBL (project based learning) post, you may have been anticipating this one. I absolutely LOVE how our zoo PBL went!

First we read the book called If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo by Mary Jean Hendrick.

After that, we had someone come and pretend to be a zoo keeper. He explained that something has gone wrong at the zoo. They had too many animals in the Savannah section and they needed our kindergartners to help research the animals so they could find a new home for them.

Then, we went back to the room and discussed what we needed to learn about the animals. We came up with our questions to research and figured out what Savannah animals were. 

I put my students into research groups based on their surveys, and they went to work researching. They used books, websites and videos. I linked to the website and videos with QR codes that they scanned with the iPads.

If you are curious about the job assignments you see in the pictures, click here!

Then, we actually got to go to the zoo to do some field research! Here is where I loved to be... it may surprise you, but I LOVE birds! I have two just like this one!

We came back and got back to finishing our research and developing our products. The students made masks, backgrounds with water colors, and posters. I let the students pick their final products, but they were all intrigued with making a movie on the Flip Camera, so that is what they all picked!

Here are some masks made for the video presentations:

Here are some of the Savannah Backgrounds:

At the end, we presented to the fifth graders, "sent off" our videos to the zoo keeper, watched the video he created for us in response, and had a fun lion craft snack!

To continue the theme throughout our study, we incorporated a graphing math activity, and I created a zoo addition bump game!

This really was a lot of fun! I will post soon with the survey, QR codes, and research notes packet we created to use. If you'd like to check out my zoo addition bump game, you can click here!



Miss Squirrels said...

I love when they look so 'Into it"...(your sweeties at the table)

This is a fabulous project- love the lion!

Going Nutty!

Anonymous said...

Very cute Zoo stuff. The lion mask is my favorite. We are getting ready to do a zoo unit next week. Perfect timing. Thanks for the ideas :)

Barbara said...

Hi! Do you have a teacher book you'd recommend for someone who wants to get started with project based learning? I love the idea but it also intimidates me. Thanks.
Grade ONEderful
Ruby Slippers

Miss Trayers said...

Wow! Such a cool project idea. We usually go to the local zoo as a field trip and I think I will definitely steal this idea to use with them next year as a pre-field trip activity. Way to challenge those kiddos! :)


SEMS Library Lady said...

What an engaging lesson! Your students must have loved it, too.

Jessica Stanford said...

Absolutely love this PBL!!


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Anonymous said...

Love it! We just posted a Zoo Unit; check out our pics on our blog.

The Kindergarten Goonies

Stephanie said...

What was your driving question and have you posted the materials you used with this? I looked in your TPT store but didn't see anything. Also how many days did you take do this? What other options did you give them for end products besides the flip camera. Sorry for so many questions.