12 — Landscape diorama
This is the final sequence in a learning unit familiarising students with the grammatical structures of statements and questions by investigating texts about their local geographical landscapes and those further afield. During this sequence, the students will draw on the knowledge they have built up over the past 11 learning sequences to complete a final assessment task. This requires them to construct two dioramas that show some of the differences between the two landscapes depicted in Mirror. They will also construct a sentence or phrase using the following guiding questions to highlight the similarities or differences in their dioramas:
- Who or what will be in your diorama?
- What is happening in your diorama?
- What additional information will you include? (Does it include information about where, when and how?)
You will need a copy of Mirror. Also check that students have brought the small bags labelled ‘Morocco’ back to school with useful items inside. Two dioramas, strips of paper and sticky notes for each student will also need to be constructed and materials such as sheets of paper or cardboard, paint, glue and sticky tape set out for the students to use. You should also make a sample diorama that you can show the students before they begin work on their own. Refer to How to make a diorama for instructions.
Begin the sequence by sharing any communication from your ePals. Look at the display of questions that were asked and see if any of them have been answered. If your school has been asked any questions, talk about what your responses will be. Place the students in small groups to respond to these questions. ACHASSK033
Activity 1: Making the dioramas
Give the students an opportunity to revisit Mirror. This can be done by doing a picture walk or by reviewing the keyword sticky notes that were produced in Sequence 10.
Show students the sample diorama that you constructed earlier. Get them to visualise the type of landscape that they would like to make. They need to think about what this landscape looks like and what materials would be best to create it. Show them the materials you have collected for everyone to share and also allow them to refamiliarise themselves with the materials they collected on their landscape walk and any items they brought from home.
Activity 2: Writing about the dioramas
At the end of their construction time students are to write three keywords and a sentence for each diorama. The sentence should contain the following information:
- who or what is in your diorama
- what is happening in your diorama
- where, when and how the events occur.
When the dioramas have been constructed give the students two strips of paper to write their sentences on. Assessment task 2: Curriculum links and rubric provides curriculum links and an assessment rubric to assess the students’ dioramas and sentences. ACELY1660, ACELA1452, ACELA1458
Allow each student to present their dioramas and get them to read the sentences they constructed.