I had my second graders last year create a shoebox diarama of an animal habitat. It had to include; the animal of their choice, the environment where the animal would be found naturally, by looking I had to be able to see where it met it's basic needs including shelter, food and water sources.
They each presented their project to the class with an oral report about their animals habitat.
Then we put the boxes on tables in the hallway so passing classes could see their projects.
They did a great job and they turned out so pretty.
Some used crafty construction paper and clay,paint etc, while others hot glued in real grass and rocks, and other things from outdoors! Some used plastic animals, some cut from magazines and some drew their animals. All of them were precious!