LIFE WEBS – Clans, Diorama, Habitat, Form

Students choose a unique habitat within Canada and create a diorama of it. They make connections between the animal/plant life within the habitat, and the traditional life ways of the Aboriginal people.

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LIFE WEBS – Clans, Diorama, Habitat, Form


  • Crayola Modeling Clay - Jumbo Pack
  • Crayola Project Paint
  • Crayola Paint Bushes
  • Crayola Washable Glue
  • Crayola Scissors
  • Paper Towels
  • Shoebox or Small Cardboard Box - 1 per student
  • Bamboo Skewers or Toothpicks
  • Clay Carving Tools - optional
  • Water Containers
  • Found Natural Objects


Step 1
  1. Choose a unique area in Canada.
  2. Brainstorm a variety of plants and animals that are part of the habitat.
  3. Use coloured pencils to draw the plants and animals that are a part of the habitat.
  4. Include the names of the plants and animals in the drawing.
Step 2
  1. Use a small cardboard box (a shoebox works well) to create your diorama of the habitat you have chosen.
  2. Begin by painting the box with colours connected to the land, water, and sky.
  3. Continue painting a variety of colours on the cardboard box to represent the habitat you have chosen.
  4. Blend colours together, for example, blue, white and dark blue, to give the illusion of depth.
  5. Paint the entire box.
  6. Allow the paint to dry.

Step 3
  1. Begin creating the animals that live in the habitat.
  2. Use modeling clay to sculpt each animal.
  3. Make small shapes, then blend the shapes together creating an animal form.
  4. Use sculpture tools such as popsicle sticks and toothpicks to add texture to your animal.
  5. Use contrasting colours to add detail to your animal form and clarify the features.
Step 4
  1. Roll modeling clay in your hands, or use a garlic press to create thin sticks, or plant stems.
  2. Make a beaver's home by using a flat piece of modeling clay for the base, and covering it with thin rolls of modeling clay.
Step 5
  1. Continue to add details to your habitat.
  2. Create plants and animals using contrasting colours and a variety of 3-dimensional forms.
  3. Make sure your habitat is balanced.
  4. Glue moss, bark, or dried plants to your habitat to help it appear more realistic.
  • Subjects:

    • Language Arts,

    • Science,

    • Social Studies,

    • Visual Arts,

    • First Nations, Metis, Inuit

  • Grades:

    • Grade 3,

    • Grade 4,

    • Grade 5,

    • Grade 6,

    • Grade 7,

    • Grade 8

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