Activity Introduction

You’ve been asked to redesign the enclosures at the Melbourne Zoo. Make sure you have your ruler handy and know how to calculate area and perimeter so the animals have enough space to thrive!

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9

Themes:

  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Mathematics, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking

Tips for Parents and Carers

If your kids are finding it difficult to fit all the enclosures on a single piece of paper, it is easier for them to measure out the right size cages, then cut these out and arrange them on another piece of paper before sticking them down. 

A great way for kids to prove their learning and show understanding is to teach others. If they ask you to complete a zoo using their instructions, try making a few obvious mistakes and see if they have the vocabulary to explain and correct you.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Coloured pencils or markers
  • Grey lead pencil
  • Rubber
  • Ruler
  • White paper

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Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Perimeter And Area Zoo Design - Activity Instructions

You’ve been asked to redesign the enclosures at the Melbourne Zoo. Make sure you have your ruler handy and know how to calculate area and perimeter so the animals have enough space to thrive!

PART A: Designing The Space

Step 1. On a white piece of paper, you will use your ruler to design a zoo. 

Each enclosure has to be a specific size, but there are no restrictions on what shape you make your enclosures. Try experimenting with triangles, and irregular shapes.

 

These two enclosures have the same perimeter even though they look completely different.

Remember that perimeter is the whole length all the way around a shape, whilst you can find the area by doing the calculation length (top) x width (side). You may need a scrap piece of paper to do some calculations or keep track of your lengths while you draw.

Use the scale 1 cm = 10 m.

  • A ticket booth at the entrance should have an area 4 m2.
  • The lion enclosure should hav
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