Go Away, Big Green Monster! Activities


Students participate in art, math, writing, and science activities to realize they have nothing to fear from monsters. They make masks, shape monsters, toast monsters and monster cookies. They complete monster math problems and make monster heads by growing grass seeds for the hair.

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Visual Arts
Instructional Design
Project-Based Learning

Once Upon a Time...A Math Time

In this math worksheet, students complete simple math concepts based on the nursery rhymes they hear such as Baa Baa Black Sheep, Jack and the Beanstock, and more. Students complete patterns, addition, and other concepts for 13 nursery rhymes.

Living Things and Their Needs: The Math Link

Enrich your study of living things with these cross-curricular math activities. Following along with the story Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun, learners will practice addition and subtraction, learn how to measure volume and length, work on their problem solving skills, create graphs, and much more. Implement these as part of the BioEd unit Living Things and Their Needs, or as stand-alone math activities.

Hop and Jump!

Students examine how their hearts beat faster when participating in cardiovascular activities. They identify activities that make the heart beat faster and activities when the heart doesn't work as hard. Students then sing a song about the heart to the tune of "Are You Sleeping, Brother John?" and participate in a cardiovascular activity.

Rhythm Activity for Kindergarten

Students explore language arts by participating in a song singing activity. For this rhythm lesson, students listen to a recording of the song "Bingo" in class. Students identify the song patterns and sing it themselves before creating farm animals out of arts and crafts.

There's a Monster in My E-Mail!

Don't be scared of these monsters! Middle schoolers make new friends as they practice their drawing, writing, and computer skills. They participate in a collaborative e-mail project in which they draw and describe pictures of monsters for other students to recreate. Use this activity to reinforce technological skills as well as descriptive writing skills.

How to Make a Savanna Diorama

Cheetahs live in the savanna. Kids can show what they know about the savanna by making habitat dioramas. Here is a fun and engaging research activity that allows children to research animals, create new and unusual animals of their own, and build a tiny habitat. They'll use all their findings to construct a diorama fit for a miniature animal. The project is written from a parent's point of view and includes step-by-step instructions for completing the project. 

Grass Tree or Balga (Blackboy) as bush tucker

Students identify and describe what a bush tucker is, listing some examples. Then, they read the introduction web page about the grass tree and draw grass tree leaves, flowers or the tree itself as seen on the web site. Students also write a short essay about the grass tree, where it grows, what it looks like and what parts are edible.

The Sound Monster - Words That Make Sounds

There are words in the English language that actually make sounds, such as vroom, and, buzz. Here is a clever instructional activity which introduces young readers to these sound-making words. They play an interactive game on the computer that has them match up the word with a sound that a trumpet makes. It's a great activity, as is the worksheet embedded in the plan and all of the terrific teaching ideas found in this fine plan.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Students read The Garden by Arnold Lobel, plant seeds to discover what makes them grow, and record their observations in their journals.

Whole Language Reading: Pumpkin Pie Baking Activity

Fill your classroom with the delicious aroma of freshly baked pumpkin pie using this fun language arts lesson plan. Beginning with a class reading of the book Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman, learners practice identifying rhyming words, making predictions, and answering questions to demonstrate their comprehension of the story. For the the grand finale, the class works together to make pumpkin pie, carefully following the provided recipe to measure out the ingredients they need. If an oven is not available, bake the pies at home and bring them in the following day to share with the class. This engaging lesson plan would make an excellent addition to the Halloween celebrations in primary grade classes.

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