First Grade

Build Your Wild Self

Knowledge Constructor


Students will create an imaginary human/animal with the program Build Your Wild Self. Through the body parts they will learn about their animal adaptations and how they are used to survive. First, students create their human self and add animal body parts. This then creates their wild self.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Be able to create a human self.
  • Be able to add animal body parts from the list.
  • Be able to create their wild self.
  • Be able to learn how the adaptations they chose help the animal survive.
  • Be able to print their wild self card.


Vocabulary Words:

  1. Traits: Traits are a genetically determined characteristic.

  2. Characteristic: A characteristic is a feature or a quality belonging to a person, place or thing.

  3. Adaptations: Adaptations are a change or the process of change by which an organism or species becomes better suited to its environment.

  4. Habitat: A habitat is the natural home and environment to an animal


To prepare for this lesson:

  • Introduction to animals and animal characteristics and adaptations.
  • Familiarize yourself with the Build Your Wild Self program.
  • ​You will need to make sure that you have flash enabled on the browser that your students will use. 


See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 


Directions for this activity:

  1. The students will log onto website Build Your Wild Self

  2. Have them select boy or girl.

  3. They will select skin tone.

  4. They will select hairstyle and color.

  5. They will continue to follow down the list adding body parts.

  6. They will add background habitat choice.

  7. The students will click “I’m done”.

  8. Students can read about the animal characteristics they selected and how it helps them to survive.

Assessment Options

Different options for assessing the students:


MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3b. Students evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.
3d. Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.

Devices and Resources

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

Make sure the device has flash. 

Build Your Wild Self

NGSS Science Standards




Students can write a story about their new wild creature.

Integrated Arts

Students can draw their wild self environment.


Students study the animal adaptations .

This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, April 2018.