Dioramas Assignment

Combining Writing, Speech and Art
By – Kate Woods
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – Grades 4-7 

* This is the exact text that I handed out to my students for this project. It’s a great way to combine writing, speech, and art into one activity! All you have to do is copy and paste this text into a word processor program, and fix up the font, etc…. and – voila! – you’ve got a week’s worth of Language planned out for you! (I’ve even included the working schedule I used with my class.) Enjoy, and let me know how it works for you. Contact me if you’d like a digital picture of some of my students’ finished projects.

Diorama / Writing / Speech Project

Visual Interpretation Portion (30 marks)

Your task: Illustrate a scene from the book in the form of a diorama. Create 2 and 3-D images using a variety of design strategies

Evaluation will be based on artistic presentation, attention to detail, and accurate use of text information.


      Ideas for scenes to illustrate:







        – Shoe box (or similar box)





Writing Portion (20 marks)

      Your task: Attached to the side of the box, include a caption explaining what part of the story is being illustrated, along with the page number(s) where the description can be found. Below the caption, include at least three direct quotations that explain the setting (in order to back up the choices you made in your creation).
      Evaluation will be based on the same four categories that are always used for marking your writing: Reasoning, Communication, Organization of Ideas, and Application of Language Conventions.

Oral Presentation (10 marks)

      Your task: Present your project to the class (for a minimum of three minutes). Explain what you included in your diorama and why you chose to do so. During this time you will also read your caption and your supporting quotations to the class.
      Evaluation will be based on clarity/volume of voice, accurate information being provided, and proper use of time.


      Friday: 1 hour to work on project. (Focus on finding text quotations and writing caption.)


      Weekend: Locate/gather supplies you will need to create your diorama.


      Monday: Bring your supplies to school.


      Tuesday: 1 hour to work on diorama in class.


      Wednesday: 1.5 hours to work on diorama in class / practice oral presentation.


      Wednesday night: If you’re not finished your diorama, you have homework tonight.


      Thursday: All students present dioramas to the class.


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DLTK's Educational Activities - Book Report Ideas
Make a Diorama - Teacher Printables

I have bumped into three types of diorama projects:

  • artwork only -- the assignment is just to make a diorama.
  • artwork plus written work -- the assignment is to make a diorama with a written report.
  • artwork plus oral work -- the assignment is to make a diorama and give a presentation about the project.

There are printables and information for all three of these types of diorama projects.



  • Close the template window after printing to return to this screen.
  • Set page margins to zero if you have trouble fitting the template on one page (FILE, PAGE SETUP or FILE, PRINTER SETUP in most browsers).

Handout - Making a Diorama     (B&W)


Handout - Diorama Assignment (B&W)

Handout - Diorama + Written     (B&W)

Handout - Diorama + Oral          (B&W)

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