The topic that I choose to depict in my physical model is of the Sonoran Desert. The Sonoran Desert is a big desert located in the southwestern part of North America. I choose this topic because I enjoy learning about animals and their habitats. I’m always fascinated at how hot the desert can become, but yet animals are still able to live there. This diorama is an example of a physical model because you can touch it and the objects are three dimensional. My physical model is showing a desert scene. The animals in the scene are golden eagles, rattlesnakes, and gray wolves. I learned that the Sonoran desert is sandy and has a lot of cactuses. For example, there are the desert Christmas cactus and the prickly pear cactus. These cactus collect water from their roots after it rains. Another thing I learned was that you would never want to be stranded there. Even though the sunsets are beautiful, you wouldn’t be able to survive the heat. The last thing I learned was that the Sonoran Desert is located in two states, Arizona and California, and two countries, Mexico and United States. I found these facts very interesting. I enjoyed making this diorama because it was fun. I was able to use the computer to research information about the Sonoran Desert and learned some interesting facts along the way. The first step to completing this diorama was to get all the supplies. I needed a shoebox, crayons, markers, glue, string, and cut outs from the internet. The Sonoran Desert is located both in the United States and Mexico. It is a hot place and I wouldn’t recommend living there. I used a physical model to show you this scene because it is easier to visualize when you look at something as opposed to staring at a computer image. My diorama is three dimensional and tangible. I learned a great deal from this project. Maybe one day, I can visit the Sonoran Desert to experience it for myself.
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