Bloomingdale Village President Franco Coladipietro and Village Administrator Peter Scalera visited our third-grade class to ask for some help with a project ~ building a zoo! The village officials presented a formal letter to our students asking for their help, and our students eagerly accepted the challenge!
This zoo isn’t just any zoo, it’s a 3D zoo created by our 3rd grade class from beginning to end using Problem Based Learning. In order to create the Bloomingdale Zoo, our students will use area and perimeter to determine the dimension of each animal’s habitat. Our students will also be analyzing which animals can live in captivity and which ones need to live in the wild. How do we care for God’s animals? What do the animals eat? Our students will become experts on that too! What foliage and greenery should surround their areas? A study of botany will help our students’ figure that out too! All of this will be included in our zoos!
After all of our research is done, our students will be completing their 3D zoo using a 3D printer and bringing it to the Bloomingdale Village Hall to present to the Mayor and Village Administrator.
While working on our zoo we will take a trip to Blocks to Bricks in Schaumburg to have some fun using what we know to build a zoo ~ we can’t wait!
Fr. Jim’s favorite zoo animal is a dolphin; so, the only question now is… what animal do YOU want in our zoo?
This is an exceptional example of what STEM curriculum looks like! Head over to our STEM page to learn about our 3-year Advancement Initiative. Then, consider donating to our Fund-a-Cause so our school can offer each student a uniquely guided pathway to higher learning!