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Lower Primary, Upper Primary
2, 3
  • Green Screen
  • Habitats
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    Education Standards

    Green Screen Wild Things


    This lesson will incorporate the classic children's book Where the Wild Things Are, student research on habitats, student-created artwork of a habitat, and green screen technology.

    "Wild Things" Habitat Research

    Students will integrate the story Where the Wild Things Are with their own research about a habitat in order to become a "wild thing" like Max from the story. The teacher will help students use a green screen to become a part of the background they create.

    1. Day 1: Read the book Where the Wild Things Are to students. Discuss what a "wild rumpus" might look like. Discuss the meaning of a "habitat" - chart students ideas about the definition and also make a list of different habitats that students think they would find around the world. Finally, show students a video about habitats (see the resource list below) and then revise the habitat definition and types of habitat list that was created with the students. 

    2. Day 2: First, look back through the book to notice details of the illustrations and how Maurice Sendak drew the pictures in the story. Explain to students that they will be creating a "Wild Things" illustration, but it will be a real habitat (of their choice). They will need to know plants and animals that would be found in their chosen habitat in order to add them to their illustrations. Next show students the research document - explain that they will choose a habitat and conduct research to gather information about thier habitat. If students have their own decives, you can give them the research document digitally and they can fill it in. Or, project the document on the board and give students printed copies of the docuemnt. Depending on the needs/age/skill level of your students, they could work independently or in pairs to conduct their research.

    3. Day 3: Students will use their research information to create artwork that represents their habitat. Teacher will provide students with the paper and the student directions for the artwork (these can be projected or passed out to students). While the students are creating their artwork, the teacher will take each student's picture with the greenscreen.


    You are going to become Max in Where the Wild Things Are, but you will be in a REAL habitat. 

    First, you will research a habitat and collect information about the plants and animals that live in that habitat.

    Then you will create an illustration (like Maurice Sendak did) of your habitat so that you can have a wild rumpus there.

    Finally, your teacher will help you become part of the illustration by using a green screen.

    Have fun on your journey!



    "Wild Things" Habitat Background Picture

    After completing their 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 Habitat" 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. The teacher may want to work with the school media specialist in this portion in order to teach students how to use the green screen app.

    All of the students' completed "Wild Things Habitat" pictures can be combined into a class "Wild Things Habitats" slideshow that could be played in the media center or another part of the school.

    Use the paper your teacher gave you to create a detailed 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. Be ready to tell your teacher.