The Ark in Space – A Compendium of Creatures is exactly that. If you have any students who are researching animals, or who have any kind of passion for them, this is the site for them. There are astounding photos and videos that will fascinate any nature lover. The articles are short, and certainly not as comprehensive as other sites, but many of them are unique to this site. For example, take a look at Synchronized Swimming in the Animal Kingdom, or Sea Slug Symphony for collections of stunning photographs that I doubt you will find anywhere else. Or, browse the small collection of videos, and you will find Two Unlikely Friends at the Zoo, a touching video that might bring a tear to your eye.
Photographs or videos from The Ark in Space are a sure way to grab the attention of your students!
Shape Collage is a free app for iDevices that allows the user to use photos on the device to create collages in different shapes, such as stars, paw prints, puzzle pieces, etc… You can even type in your own text, and the photos will conform to the words. Once you have created the collage, you can save it to your Photo Album, or share it via Facebook, Twitter, or e-mail. If you do not have an iDevice, there is a similar program online called Loupe. The biggest difference between the app and the website is that, on Loupe, you are loading your pictures from an online sharing site, and do not have the option to load them directly from your computer.
Shape Collage is a great app for Creating, the highest level of Bloom’s New Taxonomy. Students can create collages that conform to shapes related to what they are studying, or the shape of a text that gives a meaningful message. The collages can be another way for students to express themselves poetically with pictures.
I love this idea from Maureen at StrongStart. Meant for primary grades, this activity could easily be differentiated for any ability level. Using file folders with a picture glued inside, and a hole cut on the exterior that shows part of the picture, students are asked to guess the picture. Hints can be given on the outside. Older students could easily design these folders themselves, photographing or even drawing the pictures on the inside. This could be tied in to any academic discipline to review or introduce terms, characters, and settings. Visit Maureen’s blog for ideas on how to implement this in your classroom.