Author:
Glenn Shelton, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
STEM
Material Type:
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Level:
Lower Primary
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  • K-5 Design Thinking
  • K-5 Engineering
  • Moore County Schools
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    Language:
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    Education Standards

    1: McGrew's Zoo Exhibit

    1: McGrew's Zoo Exhibit

    Overview

     

    Students will construct a zoo exhibit based on one from the book using the materials provided, complete with zoo animal.

    You must use ONLY the supplies provided.  The zoo exhibit must be constructed on a flat surface and it must be as accurate as possible based on one from the book. 

    Instructor Instructions

    Engineering Design Process

    1:McGrew’s Zoo Exhibit

    Driving Question / ScenarioCan you create a zoo exhibit for McGrew’s Zoo based on one from the book, complete with clay animals?
    Project SummaryStudents will construct a zoo exhibit based on one from the book using the materials provided, complete with zoo animal.You must use ONLY the supplies provided.  The zoo exhibit must be constructed on a flat surface and it must be as accurate as possible based on one from the book.  
    Estimated Time60 - 90 minutes
    Materials / ResourcesModel Magic ClayCraft Materials (pipe cleaners, pom pon balls, google eyes, glue, construction paper, etc…)Misc. supplies (empty toilet paper tubes, cardboard pieces, plastic straws, empty boxes/bags, yarn, etc…)If I Ran the Zoo book, by Dr. Seuss
    Standards1.L.1.1 Students know that living things need food, water, air; a way to dispose of waste; and an environment in which they can live. Students know animals eat plants or other animals for food and may also use plants (or even other animals) for shelter and nesting.RL.1.2 Retell stories, including key details, and demonstrateunderstanding of their central message or lesson.
    Project Outline
    AskWhat is the best zoo exhibit for McGrew’s Zoo that you can make based on the book?
    ImagineGive students the materials needed. Allow students time to look through the book in order to find the exhibit they want to create.  Though students work in pairs or groups, allow each student a chance to make their own animal for the exhibit, so there may be more than one in the exhibit.
    PlanProvide a flat surface for the construction.Have students visualize and discuss their ideas with their group.  Then, draw their plan out and label the parts of their exhibit using key vocabulary of needs met for the animal.
    CreateGather the materials that were included in the plan.  Build the exhibit together as a collaborative group.  Then, individually construct the animal that will cohabitate the exhibit.
    Improve After exhibits are built and animals are placed in the shelter, students can test the durability of the structure holding weight with books on top of the structure.  Are there any changes that would make your design better?If there's time they can redesign their structure.
    Closure / Student Reflections Students will share as a gallery walk tour to explain their exhibit.   Students will give peer reflections about their exhibit on sticky notes.Tweet, blog, Seesaw, FlipGrid, etc… to share out
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsExhibits could be placed in similar habitats and continents in which they may natively exist in the wild.

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