Duration2 x 60 - 90 minutes
Students will design a habitat diorama based on a limestone reef, seagrass meadow, mangrove forest or coral reef.
In this lesson, a habitat diorama will be constructed. The Student Resource Sheets provided are designed to be a starting point to stimulate students research and planning. The photographs are also available in the Presentation: Up High, Down Low. A range of art and craft materials may be required to complete the dioramas, but any type of materials could be used – students could develop a required materials list during the planing stage for their diorama.
- Ask students to choose one of the four marine habitats – Limestone Reefs, Seagrass Meadow, Mangrove Forests or Coral Reef.
- Distribute the relevant Student Resource Sheet (below) to each student based on their habitat choice and ask them to analyse the characteristics of their habitat from the surface and underwater.
- Students should then proceed to research their habitat to establish what plant and animal species might live there and what materials they could use to construct their habitat.
- Students complete their ‘living habitat’ diorama and display around the classroom.
Student Resource Sheets