Plains Habitat Diorama
Use the Prairie Dog, Sunflower and Grasshopper to create dioramas of the plains habitat.
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.
Review components of ecosystems with students. Challenge students to create dimensional displays to share relationships of other organisms living in the plains habitat.
Create dimensional displays to analyze and discuss relationships between organisms living in the plains 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 blue construction paper. Cover the inside of the shoebox with yellow and brown construction paper. Highlight the sky with colors.
- Die-cut the Grasshopper, Prairie Dogs, Sunflowers, Mountain w/Stream, Clouds and Grass Border using various colors of cardstock. Layer the Sunflower, and Mountain w/Stream to embellish. Highlight remaining shapes with color as desired.
- Adhere the Mountain w/Stream, Sunflowers and Grass to the background.
- Fold back part of the Clouds and adhere to the inside, top of the diorama.
- Fold back the bottom of the Grass Border and adhere to the bottom, center of the diorama. Adhere Sunflowers, Prairie Dogs and Grasshopper to the Grass Border (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