Unit 1 WebQuest Project
Lions, Tigers, and Bears
Introduction
 Task
 Process
 Guidance
 Resources
 Conclusion
Introduction
Are you ready to join a team of animal experts?
As part of your application to be the zoo's new coordinator, you must
complete several challenging tasks. You'll make decisions about what
animals to purchase for the zoo based on financial information provided
to you. You'll gather specific data about the animals you choose, including
their weight and expected lifespan. Finally, you'll present your findings
to the hiring committee. So pack up your gear and don't forget your
algebra tool kit. This adventure is going to be wild!
The Task
As you begin to go through the hiring process,
we have briefly described each challenge that lies before you. The Process
section has a detailed description of each challenge. Also, the Guidance
section has some helpful hints, and the Resource
section has useful Web sites for you to use. So what are you waiting
for? Let’s get started! Zoo Challenge
1:
First, read a letter from the zoo Animals Inc. The letter is found in
the Process section. Then, create a spreadsheet
according to the request of the zoo.
Zoo Challenge 2:
Next, research the average weight, lifespan, and gestation and/or incubation
period of each animal in your newly created zoo.
Zoo Challenge 3:
Last, create a presentation that explains why you chose each particular
animal for the new zoo. You will give this presentation to your classmates,
the board members of Animals Inc.
The Process
Below is a detailed description of each
challenge. Zoo Challenge 1:
For your first challenge, Animals Inc. wants you to choose the animals
you think should be in their zoo. First, you need to read the letter
Animals Inc. sent to you. Within this letter, you will find all of the
information you will need to construct your zoo.
Dear Applicant,
Hello. First,
we would like to thank you for applying for the Zoo Coordinator position
at Animals Inc. As part of your application process, we have created
a challenge that we want you to tackle. Below is a description of the
task.
Animals Inc. has $1,000,000 to purchase animals
for their new zoo. The animals you are allowed to purchase and their
prices are listed below. You must be within $1,000 of the $1,000,000,
and you must purchase at least 10 different animals. When purchasing
an animal keep in mind the following:
 the gender of the animal (do you want all males, all females, or
an even balance?);
 the number of each type of animal you would like to purchase; and
 your reasoning for purchasing that animal.
Animal 
Price 
Animal 
Price 
Alligator 
$14,000 
Leopard 
$30,000 
Bearded Dragon 
$9,550 
Lion 
$20,000 
Boa Constrictor 
$1,750 
Manatee 
$17,500 
Camel 
$17,000 
Monkey 
$5,000 
Cheetah 
$23,500 
Panda Bear 
$50,000 
Crane 
$8,550 
Polar Bear 
$32,500 
Crocodile 
$14,000 
Pronghorn 
$6,000 
Elephant 
$25,000 
Python 
$1,500 
Emu 
$11,500 
Rabbit 
$25 
Giraffe 
$18,500 
Rhinoceros 
$30,000 
Goat 
$125 
Sea Lion 
$22,500 
Goose 
$50 
Snapping Turtle 
$375 
Grizzly Bear 
$15,000 
Tiger 
$27,500 
Guanaco 
$6,550 
Tortoise 
$850 
Hippopotamus 
$25,000 
Yak 
$3,500 
Iguana 
$750 
Zebra 
$15,000 
Once you have chosen your animals, create a spreadsheet
of your purchases.
Next, write an expression for each type of animal
purchased that represents the total amount of dollars spent purchasing
that animal.
Good luck, be creative, but most of all, have fun!
With Sincere Gratitude,
Animals Inc. Hiring Staff
Zoo Challenge 2:
Once you have chosen the animals you want to purchase for your zoo,
you will need to:
 Use the Internet to research the average weight, the average lifespan,
and the average gestation and/or incubation period for each chosen
animal.
 Create one chart that displays all of your collected data. Your
chart should include the following:
 the name of each animal;
 the average weight of each animal;
 the average lifespan of each animal; and
 the average gestation and/or incubation period of each animal.
 Create a graph for the average weight, the average life span, and
the average gestation and/or incubation period. You will have a total
of 3 graphs. You must have a boxandwhisker plot and a bar graph.
Choose a different graph for the remaining set of data.
Upon completing your research, answer the following
questions:
 What is the mean, median, and mode of the amount spent to purchase
each animal?
 What is the mean, median, and mode for the average weight of the
animals purchased?
 What is the mean, median, and mode for the average lifespan of the
animals purchased?
 What is the mean, median, and mode for the average gestation period?
Zoo Challenge 3:
Now it is time to put all of your information together and create a
presentation. Your presentation should include:
 a listing of the animals you chose and an explanation of why you
chose them;
 a picture of each animal you chose in your presentation; and
 your spreadsheet, calculations, and graphs.
In addition, you should make use of the following
vocabulary words in your presentation: range, scale, mean, median, upper
quartile, lower quartile, upper extreme, lower extreme, interquartile
range, xaxis, and yaxis.
Keep in mind that you will be reporting your results
to the Animals Inc. board (your peers and teacher), so be organized
and creative! Remember that the Guidance section
has helpful hints, and the Resource section
has useful websites
Guidance
If you are having difficulties with a particular
challenge, you have come to the right place! Below are some helpful hints
for each challenge from the staff at Animals Inc. Zoo
Challenge 1:
Your spreadsheet should include the following:
 each type of animal purchased;
 the total amount spent on each category of purchased animals; and
 the total amount spent.
Remember, when writing expressions, you need a defined
variable, numbers, and at least one operation. For example, an expression
for the total amount spent on zebras might be $15,000z, where z = total
number of zebras purchased.
Zoo Challenge 2:
 An animal’s gestation period is the amount of time the animal
carries the infant in the womb. If an animal hatches from an egg, the
animal’s incubation period is the amount of time the animal spends
in the egg before hatching.
 In addition to using a boxandwhisker plot and a bar graph, you
can use any of the following types of graphs: stemandleaf plot, histogram,
frequency table, or line plot. Chapter 2 gives examples of each type
of graph.
 The mean is the arithmetic average of a set of data. See
Lesson 24.
 The median is the middle number in a set of data when the
data is in numerical order. See Lesson 24.
 The mode is the number(s) that appears most often. See Lesson
24.
Zoo Challenge 3:
Some of the presentations that you could create are:
 a PowerPoint^{®} presentation,
 a poster,
 a video,
 a newspaper/magazine article, or
 a professional portfolio.
Resources
Listed below are some helpful Web sites.
Remember, you are not limited to these Web sites. Instead, they are
simply a starting point in your research.
Animal Planet
Kids Go Wild
Oakland Zoo
Sedgwick County Zoo
Smithsonian National
Zoological Park
Yahooligans
Conclusion
Congratulations! After looking through each applicant's presentation, we are delighted to say that we want you to be one of our new Zoo Coordinators. Without a doubt, your ability to graph data, find the mean, median, and mode of data, and solve real life problems is outstanding, and we are excited to see what other mathematical talents you have buried within you! We hope you have enjoyed this experience, and we are excited to have you on the new Animals Inc. team!
