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Jan 24

Ocean Floor Models

photoOne of our standards states that students should model the features of the ocean floor. Last year, I decided to incorporate the modeling process into a project. Basically, students are instructed to create a model of ocean floor features (continental shelf, continental slope, abyssal plain, trench, mid-ocean ridge, seamount, and volcanic island). The model must be three-dimensional, but the modeling material is student choice. I do provide a salt dough recipe to give students an idea of where to start.

Yesterday, students turned in their projects. Since these tend to be a bit large, students usually bring them in to me during homeroom. Yesterday, my lab was buzzing with excitement as students turned in their projects. Everyone was so excited to see each other’s projects. Students were having so much fun, I had trouble getting them to leave to get to their own homerooms. I snapped a few photos because it was so exhilarating  I don’t think there is anything more amazing during a school day than a room full of students excitedly sharing their learning!

MinecraftI had some amazing models made out of cake, paper mache, clay, foam, ice cream, and Lego. During one of my classes, a student pulled out his laptop to show me his project. He had made his model using Minecraft. As we displayed his project through the class projector, the whole class watched in awe – and so did I!

I love this project because students get intimate knowledge of the ocean floor as they model the features. It also allows for creativity. Plus, making the model is relatively easy using clay, Play-Doh, or salt dough, so it’s not an intimidating project. In fact, most students usually remark about how fun it is.

Do you have a fun “art” project that really is all about science? I’d love to hear about.


1 comment

  1. Andrea Lautzenheiser

    what was the material used in the pictures above?

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