We started off by selecting an ocean animal and 2 different colors of paper. Students ripped the colored paper into small pieces. They had to glue the small pieces onto their animal shape. Students were given the option to use the template or to create their own shape using the ripped paper. The students really liked the option of using the template. It made laying out their design much easier. Here's a few pictures of students glueing their paper pieces onto their template.
After all of the pieces were glued down, they cut out the animal shapes.
After everyone finished their individual collages, they added their pieces together to create a class collage. After the student pieces were added, a few students added some seaweed to make the habitat more complete.
This is my favorite part of the collage. The student who made the seahorse knew it liked to hide in the seaweed, so she placed the seaweed around it. Then she curled the strips to make it 3 dimensional.