Students at Peralta Trail Elementary were quietly going about their business of learning when they heard loud stomps. Rushing to the windows, they saw numerous monsters tramping through the dry desert wash. We were so alarmed until we found out that they meant us no harm. They quickly became friends with our class and we were able to learn about them.
This project was originally started after Mrs. Fraher received an email through Diigo from Mrs. Watanabe about a national art/writing program called Monster Exchange. Of course, Mrs. Fraher had to do it! We teamed up with another class in the United States. Our class is from Florence, New Jersey. Each of us created a monster, drew it, and then wrote a paragraph on how to draw our monster. We then upload our descriptive paragraphs and illustrations onto the Monster Exchange website. The class in New Jersey will do the same. After switching paragraphs with the school in New Jersey, we illustrate what we read. This helps us with our writing and reading comprehension skills. Mrs. Fraher also put our paragraphs with monsters under the paragraph in the hall outside our room. Other classes, like Mrs. Goucher and Mrs. Bush, read our paragraphs and drew our monsters. It was a cool way to improve our reading and writing skills.
Take a look at our new friends! Let us know which is your favorite. How would you feel if you saw a monster walking toward your classroom?