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Global Monster Project
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collaborating, sharing digital media, and using geographic resources.

2018 Project Focus

Our Monster uses STEM to meet the SDGs.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Join the Project and Collaborate on a Monster!  
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We are an ongoing Community of Practice. Many Educators have
 been in the project for over 10 years. New-comers are always Invited!

Try the National Geographic Interactive MapMaker as your students 
learn where other Monster makers are located around the world.

   This project is promoted by 
    National Geographic Education     Global Collaborative Projects

     The chart below will fill as schools choose their parts to design and describe.


Hello from your host at Monster Central, Dr. Terry Smith. I'm a cohort leader with the National Geographic Educator Certification Program. My teacher education experience is with Radford University, Western Illinois University, Antioch University, and the University of Saint Francis. Before higher ed, I was an elementary teacher for 14 years, concentrating on project-based learning, science in the outdoors, technology, and global awareness. I even took my 4th graders to Taiwan, twice!  

What is this Project?  
Primary classes from the USA and around the world collaborate in this K-6 project. After requesting a Monster part (one part per school) from the list below, each school submits a 12-20 word description. When all descriptions are completed on the chart below, each class builds its own MONSTER using everyone's descriptions. Collaboration across grade levels: we often have cross-grade buddy teams, for example, K and 4 working together.

Students discover that
designing and building a monster together is a challenging task. It is a major lesson in working together and learning to compromise in a group decision process. For example, the student responsible for the head has to plan with the students making the eyes, nose, neck, mouth, ears and hair. Students have deliberate practice in collaboration while constructing their class MONSTER. The result is satisfying proof that a community of global kids can accomplish anything!!  Additionally, students are asked to state how their monster would use STEM and the Sustainable Development Goals to make the world a better place.

Standards? We address many academic areas - please see the Learning & Technology link for examples.

How Do I Sign Up My Class? (Sign up early to make sure you get a part!)
Your Class has joined and reserved a place in the project when the teacher (1) Requests a Monster part AND (2) Sends the class photo and school/class information. This needs to be done when you join the project in order to get you on the Participants Page and to secure your Monster part. Email to join - smithterryk@gmail.com.
See the Step by Step Timeline of Directions.


"I am beautiful!"

Sample descriptions

HEAD: circular, black, red dots,  blue triangles, 
diameter 18 inches

Please use 12-20 expressive, creepy, cool, adjectives. Be sure to give size, shape, and color!
Cm or Inches?

Greetings from Pakistan -------- And to Pakistan! Serious Monster Makers!



Kids at Work

a Critical Thinking Monster game

See Example Descriptions from a Past Project]

TIP: To build the Monster, print the parts list, cut out each part, and 
assign to a student or group of students to construct. 

  Use No More than 12-20 words in the Description
Parts are being added so Refresh your browser often!  

1. Head - Teachers Combs & Krupa -  1st/3rd grades. Northside Catholic Academy. Chicago, IL.

2. Eyes - Ms. Hechler's 6th grades (Innovation Lab), Western CUSD 12, Kinderhook, IL.

3. Ears - Miss Gray & Mr. Hull Year 2. St Joachim’s Primary, Brisbane, Australia. -- Four, 50cm long, 20cm wide, ears attached to sides of head, hairy, green and gold stripes, pointy at the top and round, fat and bulging at the bottom.

4. Earrings -  Kathy Moody and the K-5 Students at Mission View Elementary in Wenatchee, Washington.

5. Mouth - Kristian Englert, Teacher/Librarian. Bellevue Elementary. Syracuse, New York.

6. Eyebrows  - Agnieszka Tokarczuk(7c), Anna Szymanowska(6a) & Joanna Mazurczak(4c) at Janusz Kusociński Primary School no 71, Poznań, Poland.

7. Teeth - Jacoby, Bialko, Latz, & Byrd 4th grades - Cathedral of St. Raymond. Joliet, IL. 8 total (3 in. long, 2 in. wide) - bloody - golden tooth - bottom crooked - holey one - one sharp- one black- one braces.

8. Nose - Ms. L. Diessel, Grade 6/7 - St. Charles Catholic School, located in Bradford, Ontario, Canada.

9. Nose ring - Lori Towle’s mixed grades class. Odyssey Day School. Wakefield, MA -

10. Tongue - Suzanne Roach, Grades 1st/2nd/3rd. L’Albero della Scuola - The Cherry Tree School- Pordenone, PN ITALY.

11. Hair - Mrs. Schoenherr & Mrs. Raupp 3rd grades. River Trail School. Gurnee, IL.

12. Horns -  Wlasuk, Suasin, and Shaw 3rd grades. Windsong Heights School, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada.

13. Neck - Tracy McIntyre's 3rd grades. Queens Creek Elementary. Swansboro, North Carolina.

14. Necklace - Tatjana Stefanac’s Primary class. Sremska  Mitrovica, Serbia.

15. Body - Shelly Sherman, grades 2, 3 & 4. Blue Mountain School Floyd, Virginia.

16. Belt - Lyudmila Goubeva's 5th grade. Lyceum 1, Kansk, Russia.

17. Belly button - Ms. Superty’s 4th/5th grade.  Wilmore Davis Elementary. Wheat Ridge, Colorado. 

18. Arms - Heidi Kazulak's 1st/2nd grade. Lewiston Porter Primary Education Center in Youngstown New York.

19. Legs - Michael Middleton's 6th grades. Centralia, IL.

20. Hands & fingers - Ms. Mojica & Ms. Ladilas 5th grade science/social studies. St. Barnabas School, Chicago, IL.

21. Pinky ring - 22. Finger nails Ms. Kinga Jarzębak & Ms. Ewelina Derych. Primary School in Nowy Sącz, Poland.
23. Left knee -  Sally LaPorte’s Tinkerlab group, 4th/5th graders.  Schulte Elementary. Sturdevant, Wisconsin. --- Tall oval, 5 x 10 inches. Horizontal stripe pattern in blue, green and hot pink. 24. Right knee - Anastasia Chinenova's class 11-12 yr olds. Vector Language School. Zaprudnya, Russia.
25. Feet - Sarah Brakenbury 4th grade. Silas Willard Elementary. Galesburg, IL. 26. Toes-toenails - Leslie Levesque’s class. The Phoenix School. Salem, Massachusetts.
27. Tail -  Faye Hanson's grade 6. Pulaski Heights Middle School , Little Rock, Arkansas. 28. Wings -  Mr. Fergusons's  4th grade - Lafayette Regional School, Franconia, New Hampshire. -- large, leathery dragon wings with snake heads coming out at each point of the wing, bright neon colors in a tie dye pattern.
29.  Left Elbow -   30. Right Elbow
31. Passport  - Scott Miles and the learners at Project Favela. Tabajara, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 32. Driver license - Shannon Lee's 5/6 grades. Pierson School. Pierson, Manitoba, Canada.
33. Cookbook -  34. Ruler -

35. Skateboard  - Agustina Arenzana’s class. Aprenderes School, Tandil City, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina.

36. Pet Snake - Lauren Whitson's 2nd grade. Valdese Elementary. Valdese, NC.

37. Surfboard - Teachers Morgan (1st), Moore (3rd) & McGowen (4th).  Three Oaks Elementary. Virginia Beach, VA. -- 5ft. long, hairy edges, left side red with shark bite, right side black, bloodshot eyeball in the middle, leash attached. 38. Pet Bat - Katherine Mangum's 5th grade. St. Catherine's School. Richmond, Virginia. - blue with neon orange dots, 60 cm wingspan, pointy wings, yellow eyes, 3 purple fangs, pink bowtie
39. Microscope -  40. Cane - 
41. Toothbrush - Sara Stoolman. Grade 6, Yangon International School (YIS), Yangon, Myanmar. 42. Favorite Book -
43. Cup of Tea - 44. Xbox - Tina Fink 5th Grade. Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
45. Smart phone - Mrs. Dennison & Mrs Barboni’s 5th grade. Solvay Central School District. Lakeland, New York. -- 24” x 15” , black as night, cracked screen, spider home button, gooey booger slimy feeling screensaver, blobfish app, fish skull app, poison apple app, & Save our Planet app. 46. Drone -

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Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Kids will review the criteria on the chart and vote for the Monster they think is the best fit!


Which Monster will be the
Student Choice of 2018?

Past TOP Monsters
Mr. Bestname 2017 (Argentina)
Mr. Wotzizname 2016 (Burneside,England)  
Bobby Wasabi 2015 (New Jersey)
  Hogzilla Chuck Norris Duck Ape 2014 (Missouri)

  Quawawa 2013 (Illinois)
  Master Flykenstien2012 (New Hampshire)
  Fiesta Foo Foo Dragon Dude 2011 (New Hampshire)
  Tokoloshi-Afrika 2010 (South Africa)
  Wee Nit Wit 2009 (New Hampshire)

  Chucky 2008 (Connecticut) 
  Bilbatauri Nussa Chauri 2007 (Pakistan)
  Boo Hoo the Foo 2006 (Virginia)
  Bling Monster-G 2005 (England)
  Devil of Doom 2004 (New York)

Big Daddy 2003 (Missouri)
  Mean Green Star Machine 2002 (Texas)
  Cuckamunga 2001 (New York)
  Double-Decker-Bushmonster 2000 (S. Africa)
  Frankenspots 1999 (Texas)



Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

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