Animal Multimedia ArtStep Two: Fold a legal sized paper into 8 sections. Cut the heading "What Totem Animal Are you?" and glue it to the top of the page. Then, glue one animal in the left hand corner of each section. The order isn't important but if a student glues the image in the middle and not to the far left, there won't be enough space for the corresponding description beside it.
Step Three: Reread the story to the class and discuss which totem animal's description best fits each picture and then glue it beside. I projected the 2nd activity sheet on my white board for this and wrote down each animal's name to help speed things up (please ignore my very messing printing)!
Step Four: Give students time to reflect and discuss with each other about what animal they identify with the most. Once they have made their decision, ask them to decide what position they would like their picture to be taken in. The images in the book inspired my students but I told them it was up to them to come up with a pose. Some of them really blew me away with their artistic interpretations, especially my one student that wanted to be perched on the ledge of a cliff howling at the moon. We did that by having him kneel on a desk and look upward.
Step Five: Set up your "studio" and invite students over for their photo shoot. If you use this terminology, I guarantee your students will be as good as gold waiting their turn. My studio consisted of a very clean white board, a stool, a chair and a desk. I asked my models to show me the pose they were thinking of and then we practiced quickly. Most students stood on the stool but some needed to stand up on the desk as they were not tall enough for me to get a good shot. I showed my students the pictures I took and asked for feedback by saying "Which shot do you prefer...number one or number two?" Each picture took about 3-5 minutes.
Step Six: Print up the images and hand them out. Instruct students to transform their picture into their totem animal using markers and crayons.
Step Seven (optional): Use an accompanying writing/poetry page and once finished, post it beside the artwork on a bulletin board. I created acrostic poem pages for animal names that had 3-9 letters in them. Although I was all set on doing acrostic poetry, I soon realized that my students were ready for a descriptive paragraph instead. As you can see, the results speak for themselves.
If you don't have access to this book, I found a link on YouTube for it:
All the best and please let me know how your projects turn out!