This mixed-media mural requires each student to create their own piece (a part of a desert ecosystem) to add to the mural. Their piece may consist of an animal or a plant that may be made of 2D and 3D items. The pieces are then placed on the mural to plan where they can go. Once a good plan has been decided, the items are glued down (some pieces may require hot glue). Students then write a short sentence about their chosen organism to be glued onto the mural next to their piece.
This project encourages students to think critically about working within the framework of a larger project, including scale (how large their piece is) and whether or not it makes sense with the desert ecosystem. The process strengthens fine motor skills and observation. It is a great evaluation tool for classes that have already been working on deserts prior to the projects
Students should be learning about the desert, and be familiar with at least one organism, such as:
- Sand Cat, Fennec Fox, Coyote, Bat or other mammals.
- Elf Owl, Red Tailed Hawk, Harris Hawk, Ostrich, Roadrunner, or other birds.
- Sidewinder, Cobra, Night Snake, Thorny Devil, Blue Tongued Skink, or other reptiles
- Honey Pot Ants
- Saguaro Cactus, Teddy Bear Cholla Cactus, Barrel Cactus or other cacti.
- Tumbleweed, Joshua Tree, or other plants.