Project Objective: To create a monster and write a description so that your partner class can replicate the original monster. Classes will meet via videoconference during the last week in October to see if they created a "monster match".

Monster Match Approved Materials:
Shoe boxes, Kleenex (tissue) boxes, construction paper,
bulletin board paper, newspaper, paper plates, cups, yarn,
markers, crayons, scissors, tape, glue, and/or glue sticks.

Project Key Points:
  1. Teachers can begin creating their original monster and writing the description before they know who their partner class is.
  2. Written descriptions should include a list of materials used and enough detail so that the partner class can replicate the monster.
  3. Descriptions will be posted online under the "participating classroom" link.
  4. All students should be involved in the creation of the monster and the writing of the description.

Preparing for the Video Conference
  1. Bring both monsters to the video conference.
  2. Bring the written descriptions of both monsters.
  3. Plan for how to assist students in determining similarities and differences of both monsters.

Video Conference Agenda
  1. Both classes introduce themselves: Teacher name, school name, town, state, etc.
  2. Decide who will go first.
  3. Show the monsters and analyze similarities and differences.
  4. Discuss what changes would need to be made to the written instructions to create a better match.
  5. Repeat for the second set of monsters.
  6. Q and A about school, town, etc.
  7. Big Round of Applause!

Thinking Supports (There is a note-taking guide available for download.)
  1. What are some ways that our monsters are the same?
  2. What are some ways that they are different?
  3. What part of our monster was difficult for you to create based on our written instructions?