Saturday, September 29, 2012

Monster Mash! learning centers

I’m convinced that teachers pick up little tidbits and ideas wherever they go.  We’re lifelong learners, and are always on the lookout for things that our students will learn from and enjoy.

Call it crazy, but my latest project came about after a trip to the theater. J  Just saw “Frankenstein: The Musical” at the Pocket Sandwich Theater here in Dallas.  It was so much fun, and well---I guess inspiring! J  Monsters are just fun…and cooky…and out of the ordinary. So in the middle of “Frankenstein the Musical” I sat there thinking about how to connect monsters and learning.  The wheels started turning and the result is my latest bundle, “Monster Mash!”

It’s a set of learning center activities for primary grades, and includes:

  •   Feed the Monster—feed the monsters the word   families they like best!  Cut and sort picture cards (- an, -at, -in, and –it words) and place them in the  monster’s belly!
  •    Monster Sort! –sort monsters by their attributes
  •    My Monster Craft-and-Write—roll the dice to see  how many creature features your monster has,  then use craft materials to to create it!  Best of all,  students use the planning web to describe their  monster and write about it on fun monster paper!

This is a lot of fun, and I hope that it’s something that you can use!  Click HERE to see more!  I plan to create a version for older kids like my 3rd graders, and hope to post that sometime soon!

Frankenstein and monster learning centers… sometimes I shake my head at where the ideas come from! J


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