Follow the suggestions in the GUW guide to create a class banner. Once completed, emphasize that students are unique, much like their hand prints, but share common characteristics of their class and its selected wildlife symbol, their school and/or district. Discussions could include a school mascot if appropriate. Reading We Are Alike, We Are Different by Janice Behrens (available in BookFlix, Family and Community) can reinforce these similarities and differences.
Wildlife in Literature
Students can work individually, in small groups, or as a class to identify accurate or anthropomorphic representations of wildlife. Epic! and BookFlix have many examples of wildlife talking, wearing clothes, and other unrealistic portrayals.
Students complete the sentence stem “I am (description) like a (wild animal), and draw a picture representing their choices. Several versions of a graphic organizer are provided to support differentiation. If school district policy allows, scan poems and create an online gallery using www.Padlet.com , www.Gooru.org , www.Storybird.com , or other digital publishing tools.
All other activities in Wildlife as Symbols align to Ohio’s Learning Standards in Social Studies and/or English Language Arts. As time allows, students can do these activities as a class, in small groups, or at centers.