Vintage Magnet’s Room 17 Goes Wild
Third grade students studied about animals. We learned that each animal structure has a function. Animals have many different structures for movement, eating, communicating, and for general survival. In the Computer Lab, we added structures to our “Wild Selves.” We created an imaginary self that included necessary structures for survival from other creatures.
How We Made A Build Your Wild Self Book and Published It Online Directions based on Using an Apple Mac Create Your Wild Self 1. Start your web browser such as Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer 2. Go to http://www.buildyourwildself.com (A New York Zoo and Aquariums website). 3. Follow the directions on their web site to build your wild self. When done, click I’m Done. 4. Click Print Your Wild Self 5. Click File > Print 6. Click PDF > Save as PDF* 7. Assign a unique name to the file when saving, such as adding the student’s name. 8. Navigate to where you want to save the file. In our case, we have a folder for each classroom labeled Wild Self Rm. ## 9. Click Save *Note: When assembling all the PDFs into one Word document, the document became too large (95MB). ISSUEE.com file upload maximum size is 100MB but the Word document keep freezing when trying to open it. So we converted the PDFs into JPGs using Apple Preview > Save As > JPG > and set the size to around 150KB. Then… we converted the completed document back to a PDF to preserve the fonts and paging that changed if we uploaded a DOC. Combine All the Wild Self Animals Into one Document 1. Start MS Word 2. Create your cover page (we used Google Picasa to create a collage of snap shots we took online (using the Apple Command key, Shift & 4 key) and any other descriptive pages such as this ‘How To’. 3. Using menu option Insert > Page Break, create a blank page for each student. 4. On each blank page, Insert > Picture > From File on a page. (Or, drag and drop picture on to a page) 5. Double click the picture and make the Layout > Tight 6. Stretch the picture to fill up the page. 7. Save often! 8. Your book should now be complete to print out or upload to an Internet site such as www.ISSUU.com. Using the embed code, from the ISSUU site, your book can be added to your web site.
Vintage's Room 17 3rd grade students went wild learning about animals and their structures.