What it is: Build Your Wild Self is a website I heard about on A Geeky Momma’s blog (which I thoroughly enjoy!). The site fits perfectly into my classroom this week as our Book Fair theme this year is “Safari”. The site, created by the New York Zoos and Aquarium, lets students create a character called their “Wild Self”. Students can choose a character and then add crazy hair, arms, legs, etc. to make them wild. There are even fun sound effects for the different backgrounds they add!
How to integrate Build Your Wild Self into the classroom: This would be a great site to use with students after reading a book like “Where the Wild Things Are”. Students could create their own Wild Things and write themselves a Wild Things story featuring themselves. This is also a great site to use with kindergarten and first grade students who are learning about different animals. As they build their Wild Self they can name what animal the crazy part belongs to. Older elementary students also enjoy working on this website, my students created a wild self for their safari passports for our book fair this week and really enjoyed it from kindergarten through fifth grade.
Tips: The Wild Self can be printed out, sent to a friend, or saved as a desktop.
Leave a comment and tell us how you are using Build Your Wild Self in your classroom.