This practical article reports an intriguing diorama project for third grade elementary students (ages 8-9 years). Students worked as partners to create dioramas of given ecosystems made in pizza boxes. Then, students rolled a die to determine a change in some environmental factor that affected the ecosystem. The students discussed how this change affected the ecosystem and made a second part of their diorama showing the ecosystem after the change. Finally, students made class presentations concerning their dioramas and ideas. A rubric for assessing the projects is included. Results of this science project indicate that students became deeply engrossed in their work, successfully generating cause and effect explanations and altered ecosystems.
Morgan, H. E., Atwood-Blaine, D. & Rule, A. C. (2018). Ecosystem shake-up: An environmental change adaptation project. Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 3(2), 32-40.