In grade 6 & 7 Science a recent project was to create biomes in 3D using SketchUp, a 3D modeling tool. The class was split into groups of two and each randomly allocated a different biome, from desert to tundra.
After several lessons of directed research, finding out about the climate, landform, and animals and plants, the groups began by sketching out in 2D a plan of what they wanted their 3D models to look like. These sketches had to include:
- Biome Title – at the top of the sheet
- Land forms – the shapes for the base of the model
- Vegetation – sketch out types and locations
- Animals – sketch out types and locations
- Labels – what is going be labeled and the label location
Next, using the various drawing, shape, texture, model and camera tools within Sketchup the groups had to create their models in 3D following the same steps. Once completed each group then took a range of screenshots of their model, from different angles and zoom levels, and from this, and their research, they will create and give academic presentations on their particular biome.
Here is a gallery of the class working at different stages in the project as well as screenshots of some of the complete models: