Colonial Life Diorama Project:
The purpose of this project is to gain a deeper understanding of day to day colonial life.
Together, our class read aloud the book, Blood on the River: James Town 1607. Students should use this book, along with other articles we are reading in class on colonial life, to construct an image of day to day colonial life. In class, we will have completed reading various text on different colonial regions; the Southern Colonies, the Middle Colonies and the New England Colonies. We will also watch several Discovery Education videos on colonial life in these regions, and take notes on key concepts.
To gather additional information on life in a colonial village for your diorama, go to _cpeslab.weebly.com and click on this
image titled, "Jamestown." There are many links to visit on life in the early colonies. Two images of student dioramas are shown below.
Due Date: To be determined
There are specific requirements for your Colonial Life Diorama, listed here:
1. Your diorama must be homemade of materials likely to have been used at that time period. If you are using plastic, such as a milk carton as a frame for a structure, be sure to cover it so no plastic can be seen. There was no plastic in this time period.
2. Include three (3) things you would typically have seen in a colonial village, specific to this time period.
3. Include items indicating how the colonists made their living and how they survived.
4. Include at least four (4) people in colonial clothing.
5. Include important geographical characteristics of the region.
6. Effort is determined by quality of appearance and level of detail included.
7. When possible, label the items in your diorama.
8. Size -- Your diorama needs to be large enough to show all of the buildings within a colonial village, tools used in daily life, boats, gardens or crops, etc., yet not too large. Your diorama should not be any larger than your desk top space. These will be on display in the library and they will all need to fit on the library shelf space.
- TIP: There are several salt dough recipes available on the internet. One of them is shown here, below.
- Be sure your village matches the type of colonial village you are representing, the Jamestown settlement will look very different from a New England colonial village.
- Be prepared to explain your diorama in a presentation. Why did you include the items you did? You are encouraged to write or type out this explanation and it will be included when dioramas are displayed in the library. The written explanation is not required. Labeling your items is required.