1-2-3 Come Do Some Monster Activities With Me
Ever since Disney came out with Monsters Inc, monsters have gone from something scary to something sweet, helpful and rather loveable.
Because these cute creatures are super-popular with children, I decided to design a few monster things for my October activities.
Thus, "Shapely Monsters" was born, and like Disney, my monsters are adorable.
This emergent reader, packs a lot of Dolch punch, as students practice color and number words, as well as 2D shapes.
Children read the simple sentences; trace & write the shape, color & number words associated with that monster, then color the “shapely monster” the matching color, adding the appropriate number of eyes.
For the last page, students design their own monster, using their favorite color, and draw on as many eyes as they are years old.
To cover another math standard, I’ve also included a graphing extension, featuring Marvin the marvelous monster who is helping to search for, count & color the various 2D shapes.
Besides the full-page booklet, to conserve paper & ink, I’ve also included 2-on-a-page templates to make a smaller emergent reader. You can use the larger one as a teacher's edition.
When everyone has completed their booklet, read it aloud as a whole group to practice concepts of print, then encourage children to share it with their family when they get home, to further reinforce colors, numbers and shapes.
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Today's FREEBIE also has to do with shapes, and features an assortment of fall-themed pictures. I hope you enjoy it. Fall Shape Matching Game.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by. There's a huge MOPS sale at a nearby church today!
I'm excited to search for some bargain-priced clothes and goodies for my grandchildren. Wishing you an exciting day.
"The monster was the best friend I ever had." -Boris Karloff
1-2-3 Come Do Some Monstrously Fun Monster Activities With Me!
Do you toss in a few monster activities the week of Halloween? Are you looking for some cute and not-so-scary monsters? Well you've come to the right place.
I received so many positive comments about the themed-book bibliographies, that I decided to do one for my all-time favorite monster books too. Click on the link to grab the list of 40; I know you'll find some that will become your favorites too.
After reading some books, make this goofy monster bookmark. Click on the link.
Click on the link to view/download this whopping 40-page monster activity packet that has lessons to go with these books, including pattern pieces that you can pass out to your students, so that they can assemble the matching monster on your flannel board, as you read the story. A Glad/Sad Monster class book is also included in the packet.
For more monster fun, I think your kiddo's will also enjoy Monster Math. Click on the link to view/download the packet. This is an interesting and fun way for your kiddo's to review odd and even number concepts from 0 to 30.
If you'd like to work on higher numbers to 100 or 120, as well as skip counting, click on the link to zip on over to the Googol Monster packet. I designed it for 100 Day, but there are lots of monster math activities you can do right now.
Since all of the themed shape booklets have been such popular downloads, I thought it would be fun to make up an easy reader shape booklet with a monster theme.
This is also a great review for numbers 1-10. Click on the link to view/download the Monster Shape booklet. A sweet graphing extension is included.
Shapes can also be reviewed with the Monster Munch A Shape For Lunch activity. 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, to make 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 is 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.
Also included in this packet is a mini-monster. I gave each of my students a long green envelope to decorate. We used brass brads for the "neck bolts." Run off the shape templates on a variety of colors of construction paper. Students cut out and feed their monster whatever shape is called out.
Since a huge part of the plot of Mary Shelley's Frankenstien, was the fact that her monster had no name; add to the fun by encouraging students to name their monster and introduce him during circle time.
Once in the circle, have students put on their monster mask. (All 3 of these "craftivities" are in the Monster packet.)
Now that they look like little monsters, help get the wiggles out, by dancing to the Monster Mash.
It's one of my favorite Halloween songs. The link is to a YouTube cartoon video featuring the song.
I've been contemplating whipping up some monster-themed 10-frames and cute monster alphabet cards. If this is of interest to you, shoot me an e-mail and I'll start designing. email@example.com
I hope you and your students have a monstrously fun and safe Halloween. Thanks for visiting today. As always, feel free to PIN away. If you 'd like to take a look at all of the awesome-educational FREEBIES that I PIN, click on the heart button to the right of the blog. I did a ton of research, so you don't have to!
"Laughter is the shortest distance between two people." -Victor Borge
I thought it would make a fun, quick and easy 100-Day activity if students designed their own crazy looking Googol Monster, wrote the googol number on their body somewhere and then added googlie (wiggle) eyes.
This 51-page Goolgol Monster packet will help with Common Core State Standards: L.K2a, L.K2b, K.CC.1, K.CC.2, K.CC.3, K.CC.4c
It’s chock full of wonderful activities for that "something different" for your 100-Day celebration, or simply helping your students learn to count to 100 and 120.
Click on the link to view/download the Googol Monsters activity packet.
If you're looking for more monster number fun, be sure and check out my Monster Math activity packet.
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