The Growing Up WILD (GUW) guide provides animal cards for use with the First Impressions activity. Those cards may be used or the 8.5” x 11” full color animal cards provided by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources can be an excellent source of pictures and information for this activity. Be sure to select the bald eagle to use as one of the animals students are asked to react to. Revisiting the feelings about eagles will transition from First Impressions to Wildlife As Symbols later in this series of activities.
The book Actual Size by Steve Jenkins can also be used in this activity. This book shows life size images of several different kinds of animals, including a gigantic spider. The Goliath bird-eating spider usually elicits strong reactions from students, and adults!
Follow the instructions for the Warm Up provided in the GUW guide.
In #1 of the Procedure, instead of using the hula-hoops or masking tape to differentiate the three feelings, provide each student with pieces of paper, or post-it notes, that will represent their feelings about the animal shown. In #2, continue the lesson by holding up the animal in question and have students draw their face (smile :-) , frown :-( or indifferent :-I ) on the piece of paper and cast their vote for that animal.
Change the directions in #3 as follows. Once votes have been cast for the animal, have one, or a group, of students organize the responses by feelings. Allowing the students to sort by smile ;-), frown :-( and indifferent :-I faces allows extra practice in the classification of data. The data can then be graphed as shown on p.66 of the GUW guide. Ask students to then sort the three feelings by count. Continue with the lesson as described in #4 and #5.
Use the supplemental content that follows in addition to the suggestions in #6, #7 and the Wrap Up.