Great project for imagination and creativity. Students may use whatever medium they wish, such as pencils, pens, crayons, playdo, and more! It is up to you; your choice. I have even had a student create theirs out of COOKIE DOUGH ! It was brilliant and yummy! Your art project may be 2 Dimensional or it may be 3-D. Two lesson plans:
2nd & 3rd Grades: Pick features from 2 different animals, reptiles, insects, or birds, ... (your choice) and combine to create a new species. Example: a trunk from an elephant, and a neck and body from a giraffe. You are welcome to do more than 2 if you wish! All up to you.
4th & 5th Grades: Pick feature from 3 different animals, reptiles, insects, or birds, ... (your choice) and combine to create a new species. Example: a wings from a butterfly, the mouth from a crocodile, and the body of a rhino. Your are welcome to do more than 3 if you wish! All up to you.
All Grades: Think about where this new species might live: land, sky, or water? What would they eat? Are they living in your backyard, somewhere on planet Earth, or somewhere else? Did you give them a habitat on your art paper? :)
After you have finished, clean up, then take a little time to ponder on your art. Ask yourself some questions for the response and connections state goals categories. Some questions may be: What was the coolest part? What is one thing that you learned? What do you feel about your new species?
You are art-tastic and your new species is art-rageous! Way to go and enjoy new species through your imagination.