Previous PBL Units
Rocks and Soils
Pollution and Conservation
How does pollution affect organisms? How can the conservation of resources and recycling materials protect our environment?
Georgia Habitats: I Will Survive!
How do the characteristics of the habitat determine and help support the organisms that live there?
This project-based learning (PBL) will encourage students to learn about animal adaptations through research and design. They will research their specific animal and discover different adaptations that allow the animals to survive in their habitats. Then they will design zoo habitats for their animal with those adaptations in mind. Students will include three plants in their habitat designs and will discuss their reasoning during their presentations. Teams will present their habitat design plans to the class in three-minute presentations.
Your team must design a habitat for one of the new zoo animals. The habitat must meet the physical needs of the animal while keeping it contained. Your team should think about some of the adaptations that your animal uses to help it survive as you design the habitat. The habitat should include three different types of plants that you would find in your animal’s natural environment. Along with your habitat design, your team must write a description of the animal and its habitat, which will be displayed to the zoo’s visitors as they walk past your exhibit.
Divide your team into the following roles to complete the project: curator of exhibits, zoologist, botanist, and habitat designer. Develop a list of what you already know and discuss features that should be included in your habitat design. Your team will be given time to research, collaborate, and develop your habitat design.