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Ecosystem Diorama Project Ideas

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

Teaching your students about ecosystems? Use dioramas to help them think about biology and natural science in a unique and interactive way. These projects can be used in most classrooms.

Ecosystem Dioramas

To teach students about various ecosystems, consider asking them to create a diorama. These sculptural scenes let students visualize and interact with their knowledge about ecosystems and can help introduce artistic creativity into lessons about science. The following projects are designed to let you mix and match various ideas to create the best experience for your classroom.

Please note that all of these can be easily adapted to different grade levels and availability of resources. More complex dioramas could involve making and painting figures out of crafting clay, while more inexpensive dioramas need only paper cutouts held up with toothpicks and glue.

Materials and Types of Dioramas

The following ideas showcase materials that can be used to construct different types of dioramas, regardless of what kind of scene they portray.

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