I hate dioramas.

Hot glue to the rescueI’m just saying. My daughters in the sixth grade are on their third set of dioramas for the year in Social Studies. As a modality – once – I’m okay, but this is crazy! And they come back from school like boomerangs in just a few short days. How does this teacher even begin to look these things over? No one mentioned that important school supplies for sixth grade are:

  • a hot glue gun
  • colored sand
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Model Magic
  • shoe boxes
  • corrugated cardboard
  • twenty sheets of tag board
  • pipecleaners
  • “dries in 24 hours” clay in multiple colors

Not that I mind a non-essay to demonstrate understanding.  I’m just running out of shoe-boxes and  cotton balls.

photo by flickr member doubledareyaa

2 Comments Add yours

  1. @ Kate
    My boys are in second grade and i hear diarama time is around the corner. I’m not looking forward to it. I’m trying to sell the powers that be on having the kids turn in a digital project. I’d rather do something on animation-ish or I movie with my kids than the cut and paste crap.

  2. Kate Tabor says:

    @Charlie –
    Can I add an Amen! to that? One of my girls has created a wiki as a place for middle school students to publish art and stories. She’s almost ready to start asking for submissions. They can do much more interesting work than a diorama!

    You say ‘boys.’ Two second graders just like I have two sixth graders? Sure does make it all interesting.

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