Designing a Zoo

We are wrapping up our measurement unit in Math, and we’ve learned a lot about area and perimeter. For the next few days we’ll be working on a project designing a zoo. Here are the criteria for our zoos:

  • the zoo must be 23 m by 35 m
  • must have cages for rabbits, pigs, goats, ponies and donkeys, and sheep
  • each section must be clearly labelled
  • each section must be rectangular
  • the area and perimeter of each section must be indicated, and you must show how it was calculated
  • each section must be appropriate for the size of the animal (for example, the rabbits shouldn’t have the biggest cage!)
  • your work should be neat and attractive

Students had the choice to work alone or with one partner.

Here are some photos of us working on our zoos. Stay tuned for pictures of our finished projects!

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Shape sorts!

We have begun a new math unit: Geometry. We’ve been discussing which terms are best for describing the geometric attributes of 2-D shapes. Today we did a Shape Sort, categorizing a group of shapes according to their different properties.

Here are some pictures of us at work:

Let’s have a look at this 2-D shape. In the comments, try to describe some of its attributes using math words such as: vertical, horizontal, diagonal, right angles, perpendicular, parallel, symmetrical, etc.


One million is a big number!

In math, we have been discussing the number one million (1 000 000). We read this book and determined that one million is a really big number! For example, did you know that if you wanted to count from one to one million, it would take you about 23 days!

Here is a little challenge for you: In the comments, can you give us some examples of when one million is a lot? Can you think of any cases where one million is NOT a lot? For example, having one million brothers and sisters would definitely be a lot (I definitely wouldn’t want to have that many!), but if there were only one million people living in Canada, that would not be a whole lot.

We are looking forward to hearing what you can come up with.