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Lower Primary, Upper Primary
2, 3
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  • Green Screen
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    Green Screen Wild Things


    This lesson will incorporate the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are, student research on wild animal environments, and green screen technology.

    Wild Habitats Research

    Students will integrate the story Where the Wild Things Are with their own research about an environment to become a "wild thing" like Max from the story. They will use green screen to become a part of the background they create.

    1. Read the book Where the Wild Things Are to students. Discuss what a "wild rumpus" might look like as well as habitats where wild animals really live around the globe.

    2. Look back through the story to notice details of background and how Maurice Sendak drew the pictures in the story.

    3. Students will use books or online sites/databases to do research about the habitat they want to choose (ocean, forest, desert, etc.). They will complete the sheet with a few facts about the environment in order to create a background picture that is a realistic representation of this habitat.

    Use books or online resources to research the habitat you would like to use in your wild thing background (desert, forest, ocean, etc.)

    Source: ________________________________

    3 Facts about my habitat:




    What plants can be found in your habitat?


    What animals can be found in your habitat?



    Wild Thing Background Picture

    After completing research, students will create a picture of their chosen habitat, incorporating their research by including the plants and animals they listed. Students should not draw themselves in the drawing.

    While students are working, teacher should take a picture of each student in front of the green screen. Students should pose as they want to appear in their picture.

    Once background pictures are complete, students should use iPads, etc. to take a picture of their drawing. These can be uploaded to Google, Seesaw, etc. 

    Create Wild Things pictures - using student pictures, pictures of background drawings, and a green screen app, layer the student in front of the background they have created. This can be done by teachers or by students if they know how to use the app.

    Extension: Compile all student pictures into a PowerPoint, Google Slides, etc. and have students share with the class. These could even be shared with parents.

    Use the paper to create a detailed background picture representing your habitat. Include the plants and animals you found in your research, but do not include any people.

    Be sure to fill the entire paper with lots of details. Use pencils first to create your drawing, then color with crayons, markers, and/or colored pencils.

    Decide where in the background you will be placed.