Mountain Life Diorama
Create fun habitat displays.
As students discuss energy needs of living things, they realize that all organisms in an environment interact with each other either directly or indirectly through a network of food chains known as a food web. Students review the roles of producers, consumers and decomposers and the order of energy flow within an ecosystem. Further exploration of various order consumers and classification as herbivore, carnivore or omnivore demonstrates the diversity of living things. Such knowledge prepares students for analysis of ecosystems and determination of existing food webs in a given area.
Use the Mountain Goat, Pine Tree and Squirrel to create a diorama of a mountain habitat.
Supplies Used: Cardstock, Colored Pencils, Crayons or Pens, Glue, Scissors, Shoebox
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Cover the outside of the shoebox with brown construction paper.
- Decorate the inside of the shoebox with creatively cut or torn pieces of brown, green and blue construction paper.
- Adhere some Trees to the background.
- Add natural elements like wood chips, pebbles and rocks.
- Die-cut the Mountain Goat, Pine Tree and Squirrel using various colors of cardstock. Highlight with colored pens or pencils as desired. Fold back the bottom part of the Mountain Goat, Squirrel and some Trees. Place and adhere in the diorama (see Main Photo).
Science: Life Science
- As a result of activities in Grades 5-8, all students should develop an understanding of behavior, populations in ecosystems and adaptations of organisms.
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
5-8 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
- Students use subjects, themes and symbols that demonstrate knowledge of contexts, values and aesthetics that communicate intended meaning in artworks