Each year I have difficulty getting the students to understand what exactly a wildlife animal is and is not. There is always someone who wants to do a dog or horse. It takes an inspirational talk for them to understand a stray dog is not exactly what we are going for (although I adopted my own daschund!)
This year, with the power of the iPad and wireless newly installed in my classroom, the students were able to do their own research. I sent them to the Department of Natural Resources website for Ohio where there was an A-Z species guide. Students choose their own animal and saved the picture to photo library. They just touch the picture, and a SAVE IMAGE button appears. Couldn't be easier! Each student picked their own animal and wrote down the name. Then students used a search engine to find more photos for different angles and a close up on the head.
|I'm excited to see how the painting improves from having their own resources to look at!|
|Every student assumes they know what a turtle looks like, until they can really see it in photographs!|