As we enter the season of Lent, one of my favorite activities that my students do every year is our Stations of the Cross Dioramas. Instead of sending this project home, my students take a couple of weeks during Religion class to work on their chosen station. They are required to bring in a shoe box (of course I have extras for those who don't have one) and any materials they want to make their 3-D scene. In addition, I open up my art closet and they can use any supplies (paint, construction paper, etc. that I have). We talk about what makes a diorama unique and after each student chooses a station they want to work on, they are let loose to create. The only requirement I have when they choose stations is that each of the 14 must be represented.
Prior to working on the project, we review the different stations and I enjoy showing them this Puppet movie on the Stations of the Cross that I located on YouTube.
After the students have created their diorama they then are required to complete a writing assignment on it. They discuss in detail what is happening in their diorama scene and reflect upon why the station is important. This project is always a favorite of the students and what I love most about it is that they are ALL student created (no parental help). I'm amazed at the creativity that the students display. Since they do such an amazing job, I find it important that we share our work so we invite the rest of the school to stop by during a certain time to view the different stations.
Here are some examples from this year's class:
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