Monster Project Timeline - 2016

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Go to the Monster Facebook group and request to Join.

Objectives: Global Awareness, Collaboration, Interpretation, Problem Solving, 
Decision Making, Hands-on Construction, Communication,
Map/Geography Skills, and Making New Friends!

Let's Complete all Monsters by Halloween!

Remember - this is a Collaborative project.
Please
send in your description on schedule so that other classes aren't waiting to complete their Monsters.

To Join the Project: e-mail smithterryk@gmail.com
See the Past Photos and Student Work: http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters


 
1. Getting Signed Up -  Sept 12-25 - Send Both A and B.
(A)
Introduce your class by sending an email with the following specific details: 
  • Teacher, grade level, school, city, country, latitude/longitude, high/low temperatures
  • Web site / Blog / Skype / or Twitter address
  • Photo of your class or school so we all have a better idea of who is in the Monster Community
  • Include any other details about your class written by a single student or by a  collaborative writing team
  • AND ... Complete the following idea when you send your intro:

    If our Monster used Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) he or she would make our town (or world) a better place to live by ....? Explain what your Monster would do and use in a few sentences.

     Try National Geographic’s Human Footprint Interactive – you’ll be surprised! 

(B) Request the Monster part your class will design. You'll receive email to confirm the part you selected; the Teacher /School will appear in the descriptions chart. Note: When we have multiple classes in one school, we’ll share the part across the classrooms. We also have grades level sharing such as K and 4th working together.

 

 Feeling creative? Share a video link with your Monster STEM response!!

 

2. Describing Your Part & Monster Studies - Descriptions are needed by Sept 25
Important: when you describe your part, be sure to include shape, color, and size.
When your Monster part has been confirmed, brainstorm adjectives to describe it. Create a 12-15 word description of your monster part using those creepy adjectives we all love! Also keep in mind the lengths and widths that will fit in a classroom! Huge Monsters and 3D Monsters are always welcome!

-- IMPORTANT - when setting lengths and sizes, be realistic about what can fit in a room.

-- Remember:  ONLY 12-15 words may be used to describe your part - no more!

Optional - During this time, incorporate a few Monstery activities or literature. For example,  you might read aloud There's A Monster in My Closet by Mercer Mayer, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, the Lonely Lake Monster by Suzanne Selfors,  Monster Perimeter, Area, and Volume by David Adler, I Can Save the Earth by Alison Inches, a children's version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, or other suitable books appropriate for your grade level to get everyone in the mood for the project. Share your creative ideas with the community. 

                    This is a good opportunity to discuss the topic of DIVERSITY among people.

 


3. Build Your Monster  - Oct 1 through Oct 21:
Build your classroom monster using ONLY the descriptions as described in the chart. Send a photo and Monster name as soon as you can!


4. Optional - Creative Expression  -  Create Literature as a class or individually, about your monster. It could be a life story, a tall tale, poetry, haiku, a math riddle, or whatever your class creativity produces. Email your work to be posted on our Monster Media page or send your link. Videos? Dramas? Poems? Monster Math? Haiku? Diamantes? Songs? Recipes?


5. Send Your Monster Photo - No later than Oct 28 please, so Monsters will be ready for Halloween - Oct 31.
Brainstorm a name for your monster and email your magnificent photo to smithterryk@gmail.com. Later, we'll have a vote among all classes and post the name we agree that best matches the descriptions from the table, and we'll also make a graph of the results. All of our pictures will be posted on the project site so students can compare and contrast  the monsters for descriptive accuracy. We will VOTE for the Top Monster.

6. EXTRA: Activities: Communicate with colleagues on the Facebook page. And during the project, kids can
e-mail or Skype each other with reactions, questions, or suggestions. If you have a project-based lesson plan, or other activities you’re doing in class, please send for all to share.
 

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