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Corn (maize) was a staple in the Aztec culture. Show the Aztec’s sophisticated corn-growing techniques in a realistic diorama.
Students research the role of corn in ancient Aztec culture. In what area of the Americas did the Aztecs live? When? Why was agriculture, and especially corn, so important to them? How was it grown?
Students stand a recycled shoebox on its side. Cut out the top to make an open scene. To make terraces for the cornfield, fold a recycled filefolder back and forth like a staircase. Use Crayola® Scissors to cut it to fit inside the box. Glue the field in place with Crayola School Glue.
Students color the background inside the box with Crayola Gel Markers and Twistable Crayons. Make a mountain with sun and clouds. For a 3-D effect, such as trees, draw items on recycled file folders, cut them out, and glue inside the box.
Shape corn stalks and golden ears with Model Magic. Glue corn into the field.
Shape Aztec farmers with Model Magic. Glue them in the scene. Air-dry the diorama before moving it to display.