Polar Living Things in a Shoebox

 

This investigation is recommended for grades 3-4.

 

Have your students make polar dioramas. They can work in pairs or teams. They can choose or you can assign either the Arctic or Antarctic living things. They could make scenes about just one living thing, a group of living things, or even food webs.This could be assigned as homework or completed during class, but either way, they or you will need some time to gather pictures, print outs, information and other materials to build their dioramas.

 

For a real challenge, have them divide their boxes in half and use one side to show an Arctic scene and the other side show an Antarctic scene or the same living things in winter and summer. Some things about living things at the Arctic or the Antarctic are the same and some things are different. Remind them to make sure that their scenes should include some things that are different.

 

Once the dioramas are completed, have students look at all of the dioramas and discuss all of the things that they find that are the same about polar weather and the things they see that are different.

 

Here are a couple of sites that will help your students build dioramas.

  1. Making a Shoebox Diorama
  2. How to Make a Diorama

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