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How did people grow their food long ago? Discover how much (or how little) farming has changed with a realistic diorama.
Invite students to find out about early farming methods such as terraces, fertilization, crop rotation, and irrigation. What agricultural practices were used in different areas? Which are still used today? Provide student groups with a variety of text and electronic resources to assist with their research.
When research is complete, groups organize their information into a presentation format in order to share the new learning with classmates. To accompany their presentation, students will also create a diorama illustrating the farming method researched. The directions for artwork included in this plan are for illustrating Aztec terraces.
Set the scene. Line the inside of the box with white paper. With Crayola® Washable Markers, decorate the inside of a box to look like terrain in the area you are showing. Draw mountains, lakes, or other features.
Fold construction paper into stairstep terrace cornfields. Attach terraces to the box with Crayola School Glue. Air-dry terraces.
Add details. Cut corn stalks and ears from construction paper with Crayola Scissors. Glue on toothpicks. Air-dry before poking toothpicks into paper layers. Mold any extra people or landscaping with Crayola Model Magic. Air-dry sculptures overnight before gluing them into the scene.
Student groups present their learning about farming methods to classmates. Remind groups to integrate their artwork into the presentations.
This powerful diorama pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebrate his historic civil rights speech on the step
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