Ecology education of the younger generations is vital for worldwide change of people’s attitudes toward nature warranted by the current global ecological crisis. Yet, this goal needs to be addressed through age-appropriate activities that are educational and engaging. This practical article focuses on dioramas of ocean reef life made by first graders. This arts-integrated project served two main purposes: 1) education of primary students about ocean ecology and helping students realize their roles in saving nature 2) increasing student science content knowledge. Additionally, several other benefits of making dioramas emerged during this project, including highly creative student products, genuine interest in the topic of ocean ecology, and heightened levels of motivation and concentration displayed by the students during the project.
Zhbanova, K. S., Rule, A. C., & Tallakson, D. A. (2019). Ocean underwater scene dioramas of first graders with submarine porthole views. Journal of STEM Arts, Crafts, and Constructions, 4(1), 63-82.