I love teaching in October! So many fun things to tie into the season! We could never really teach Halloween, but I always worked in some good old fashioned monster fun.
Teresa at Confessions of a Teaching Junkie shared this adorable lesson on her blog last year. She shared her monster adjectives poster and I made my own version.
Away Big Green Monster
by Ed Emberly. Explain that there are two
characters in this book, the narrator that is doing all of the talking and the
monster that we “see.”
Then I explain how Ed
used lots of describing words to paint a picture in the reader’s head.
Words that describe a noun (a person, place or thing) are called
adjectives. While reading the story today, we are going to picture what
the monster looks like using the adjectives and description Ed gives the
paper. I read aloud the story without showing the students ANY of the
pictures. Ask students to close their eyes and listen to the story and picture
in their heads what the monster looks like. Then ask students to draw a
picture of the monster in pencil only while the story is read aloud. You can read it aloud yourself or students can listen to the recording on You Tube (as long as they cannot see the
images projected) .After students have imagined and drawn the picture in
pencil, read aloud the story one more time to add color and any details.
aloud the book the last time, this time allowing students to see the pictures
and compare it to their pictures. I ask, did Ed Emberly do a good job of describing his
characters? Why or why not? How can we do a better job or
describing our characters in our writing?
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Mandy Gregory is a 2007 and 2012 Teacher of the Year. She has taught 4th, 3rd, and 2nd grade in both the general education and inclusion setting. She is the owner and creator of the Teaching Tips website (www.mandygregory.com) and has over 10 years of experience. She is married with two beautiful children.