Monday, October 15, 2012

Build Your Wild Self

Build Your Wild Self, created by the New York Zoos and Aquarium, is a fun way to integrate the use of technology into your classroom. Students can choose a character and then customize their character using silly animal parts, backgrounds, and sound effects. Students will love creating their own wild self creature... just like I did!

Here are some ways to use this site in your classroom:
  • Read the book Where the Wild Things Are to your class. Students can create their own "wild things" and then write about themselves as their own wild thing. 
  • Students can create their own characters for their own writing projects. Students can describe the characters that they create and use them in their stories. Students can use Build Your Wild Self for creative or descriptive writing projects.
  • Integrate Build Your Wild Self into a science unit about animals. Students can learn the different parts of animals and their functions. Students will learn about different animal parts by reading the "What's Wild About You" section.

*Please let me know if you would like to get started with Build Your Wild Self in your classroom. I would be more than happy to help!

1 comment:

  1. Hello everyone! I'm hearing great things about teachers interested in using this site in their classrooms. Please let me know if you need help.

    Here is another idea that was shared with me by Meghan Goletz. Shel Silverstein has a book "Scranimals" that puts two animals (or in some cases plants) together and writes a poem about them. You could have your students create their own "scranimals" by using this site and then they can write their own poems. THANK YOU MEGHAN! :)