Perimeter And Area Zoo Design

Perimeter And Area Zoo Design

  • Primary
  • Year 3 - 4
  • Mathematics
  • Economic
  • Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Systems Thinking
  • ...

Lesson summary

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!

Lesson guides and printables

Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Curriculum codes:

Ideal for: Middle Primary Ages 7 – 9


  • be creative

Time required: 30 minutes

Curriculum connections: Mathematics, NumeracyCritical and Creative Thinking

Resources required

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

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.

Additional info

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