An Old Favorite:
You can visit Mr. Emberley at www.edemberley.com He has an Activities and Drawing button for you to click for fun things to do.
Ed is a Caldecott Award Winner and the author/illustrator of over 80 books!
The Gist: A monster is constructed piece by piece and then deconstructed a piece at a time until he disappears.
Why I LOVE it:
Story Telling Tips:
Before reading the story have a discussion about “monsters”. Are they real or pretend? I ask my students how many have seen Monsters Inc. Most of them have, and can identify with the idea of “monsters under their beds and hiding in closets.” Is anyone afraid of monsters? Is it OK to be afraid? Are adults sometimes afraid too? What kinds of things are we afraid of?
Set the Mood:
I enjoy wearing costumes during story time, and adding props. An easy thing to don during Monster Day is a pair of green gloves.
A while back Hallmark had long silk monster gloves for sale, of course I had to buy them. They wouldn't be that hard to make. Simply add some black puffy paint stiches, paint on some black fingernails with glitter polish, and hot glue on some real bolts.
They make story telling that much more entertaining for my students and me. I’m not sure which of us has more fun. Masks are terrific too, and there are a slew of Frankenstein’s monster masks available that enhance the reading of “monster” stories.
Using their index finger, have students touch their eyes, nose, mouth, teeth, ears and hair as you read those parts.
I teach my students the Spanish color words as well as the sign language color words so I also have them say the colors in Spanish and sign the colors in sign language as I read them in the story.
If you’d like to do this as well, you can check out how to sign colors at the MSU-ASL browser website. (It's one of my personal favorites, that I use all of the time.) Simply click on the link.
For a list of color words in Spanish click on the link to view/print a copy.
Monster Mask & Gross Motor Activity:
I also read the book Glad Monster Sad Monster also by Ed Emberley. This is a great companion book because it has the same terrific bold graphics. I can continue to review feelings with my Y5’s, particularly emotions and the wide variety they can have on any given day.
As a math extension we compare and contrast the books using a Venn diagram. I start with 2 hula-hoops and sentence strips and do this on the floor.
We also graph which book is our favorite. Click on the link to view/print a Venn diagram and graph comparing these two monster books.
Click on the link to view/print a list of my other favorite monster books.
Another counting/subtraction extension that also gets the wiggles out, is a take off of Ten In The Bed.
Choose 10 little monsters to lie on the floor next to each other. The rest of their classmates can cheer them on and chant: There were 10 monsters under the bed and the little one said: "Move over! Move over!" So they all moved over and 1 rolled out; there were 9 under the bed and the little monster said...
continue 'til all 10 of your student monsters have rolled out from under the bed, and then give the rest of your students a turn.
Shape Review Monster Bag:
What better way to review shapes than to feed them to a hungry monster right before lunch!
Print a copy of my patterns and make a template so that you can easily create a file folder Frankenstein's monster head.
Tape the sides of the file folder shut, for the perfect "feeding envelope". Pass out an assortment of various colored "food" shapes.
I edged the black hair with purple puffy paint, and the mouth with neon-orange. The stitches are outlined with silver glitter glue. I added more dimension with "diamond" rhinestone "screws" on the neck bolts, that I wrapped with aluminum foil. I also added "monster wiggle eyes" to the yellow circles so they seem to pop off the page.
Children chant: "Monster, Monster, munch and crunch. What shape food would you like for lunch?" The teacher says a shape, and any child holding that shape puts it inside the monster's head. You can also have students identify the various colors as well. We do them in Spanish as well as English.
Click on the link to view/print the teacher shape monster patterns.
Students can make their own monster head out of a long green - sealed envelope. Use the mini-monster pattern pieces and have them pre-cut ahead of time, so that children can quickly glue them to the front of their envelope; or allow the children to use markers to create their own faces.
You could also give them each a pair of wiggle eyes and some glue dots to add a bit of pizzazz to their creation as well as glitter-glue stitches.
I used brass brads for bolts on my envelope and simply taped them on the back.
Michael's Craft Store has the weird "monster eyes" pictured, in a multi variety-sized pack. The neon-colored wiggle eyes, are also a bit more creepy and festive.
Run off a supply of shapes on different colored construction paper. Have envelopes pre-sealed and tops slit to expedite this project. Students cut out their shapes.
When everyone is done, whole group assess, by calling out a shape, and having the students feed their monster head.
Click on the link to view/print the student mini-monster envelope patterns.
Be sure and check out my fun Monster's Head SHAPE booklet. It's a great reading/writing extension to go along with the above activities.
Monster Where's Your Hand ?
Brainstorm with your students the different emotions that they can feel. Write the words on the board.
Discuss how different colors might represent the different emotions. i.e., red for angry, yellow for happy, blue for sad etc.
Tell your students to select two different emotions, that they or their monster are feeling today.
Students TRACE the hair on their monster using different color markers. They color half of their face one emotion, the other the other emotion. (See the sample of my front cover. I chose happy and silly.)
It's a good idea to make a monster for yourself so that you have an example to show your class.
Run off a cover and fill it in. Run off a copy of the monster for each one of your students. When they have completed their page, collect and collate your book and read it to the class.
Make sure that your students wrote their name under the sentence.
Click on the link to view/print a class monster book
Finally, end the day, by having your students make this easy and fun bookmark.
Run off the master on green construction paper and pre-cut yellow circles. Students glue on the eyes, and add a touch of red and white for a mouth as well as black pupils. I also traced the word "monster" with a green marker.
Students will need help making a slit around the nose so they can insert a little note.
Click on the link to view/print the monster bookmark pattern.
Whatever you’re reading this month, I hope you have a monstrously magnificent time of it!
For your convenience, I've posted last year's October Book of the Month after this one so you can get some more ideas!
Be sure and check out my FREE October Booklets after that!
These monster ideas will remain FREE through the month of October 2011 and then can be purchased for only .99 cents under Monster Activities!