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What is a Diorama? - Definition, Ideas & Examples

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  • 0:02 What Is a Diorama?
  • 0:24 The Many Types of Dioramas
  • 1:27 Not Just in Academics
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Instructor: Lindy Hatten

Lindy has a M.Ed in TESOL with a Cross-Cultural concentration from Saint Mary's College of California. She has taught for 25 years at the secondary and university levels.

A diorama is often used as a learning tool to help show a student's understanding of a certain subject matter. In reality, a diorama is much more. A diorama is a three-dimensional scene used to creatively express learning.

What Is a Diorama?

Dioramas or 3-D boxes are a part of elementary and secondary school in almost every subject matter. They are an excellent way to merge craft projects and the understanding of the subject. A diorama is a 3-dimensional scene created to illustrate an academic subject, a plot of a story, or an event in history.

The Many Types of Dioramas

There are many ways to create a diorama. Probably the most common is out of a shoe box. A regular sized shoe box works best. The student would simply need tape or glue, construction paper, and a bit of imagination.

Other boxes may also be used. A large pizza box makes a great diorama for a history or geography project. Many students tend to show more of what they have learned about a subject when creativity and crafts are involved. If the student does not have a box that's all right. A diorama can also be created on any flat surface. The important aspect is that the background as well as the main event captures a moment in time.

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