Adopt a Class Pet PBL Task


Digital & Printable PBL Math Activities

Looking for an engaging, differentiated, and challenging project based learning task to enrich your students? This is a perfect math challenge for students who need a challenge or enrichment, and they'll love getting to select and plan for having a classroom pet!


Students will love getting to work within a budget to select a class pet - the animal, animal homes, supplies and more. You'll love the enriched math practice they get along the way! Students will practice addition and subtraction while learning to work within a budget. They'll finish the project by writing a letter to the principal to persuade him or her to allow your class to have a pet! This includes both Printable & Digital versions in Google Slides and Seesaw.



Teacher Tips and Instructions

Engaging Letter: Get students excited about this project by putting the letter in an envelope and ripping it open along with students!

Brainstorming Page: A brainstorming sheet for students to think about everything having a classroom pet would entail.

Menus: There are 3 sheets included that display the options students have to pick from for animals, supplies, animal homes and more. These display the prices for each thing - there are differentiated options included, and an editable version as well.

Planning Sheets: Differentiated planning sheets are included. Students will calculate the total they've spent and adjust their purchases to fit within a budget.

Reflection Questions: Reflection pages are included. Students will answer questions about what it was like working with a budget and what they might do differently next time.

Persuade the Principal: Students will use a graphic organizer to organize their reasons to persuade the principal to allow them to have a classroom pet. Then they'll write a letter to him/her.

Writing Toppers: B&W page toppers are included for all of the pets. Students can color and cut this to add to their letter to the principal. This makes a great display for students' work!


*You can differentiate this even further by setting different budgets for your students to work with.