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Subjects

  • Arts & Humanities
    --Language Arts
    --Visual Arts
  • Educational Technology

Grade

  • K-2
  • 3-5
  • 6-8
  • 9-12
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Brief Description

Students participate in a collaborative e-mail project.

Objectives

Students will

  • draw a picture of a monster.
  • describe the monster theyve drawn in.
  • e-mail their descriptions to other students.
  • submit their pictures to a Web site.
  • read other students descriptions of the monsters theyve drawn.
  • draw a picture of a monster from a written description.

Keywords

technology, computers, e-mail, Monster Exchange

Materials Needed

Lesson Plan

In this lesson, students participate in a collaborative e-mail project in which they draw and describe pictures of monsters for other students to recreate and then recreate monster drawings from other students written descriptions. For complete details about the project, including instructions on how to participate, visit the Monster Exchange.

Read an Education World article about the Monster Exchange project:
The Monster Exchange Project: Monsters Made to Order!
"The dog is brown." Does this sound like your students' idea of a descriptive sentence? The MindsEye Monster Exchange Project is ready to change all of that! A unique activity that has students writing descriptive paragraphs, this project is fast becoming an integral part of the language arts curriculum of many classrooms. What is the best part? Students get to use their imagination to design their very own monsters! Included: Comments from teachers across the grades who have seen the educational value in this well-thought-out online project.

Assessment

Students will be evaluated on the quality of their written description of the monster they draw and on their ability to correctly interpret the written directions for the monster they recreate.

Lesson Plan Source

Monster Exchange

National Standards

FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.K-4.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 5 - 8
NA-VA.5-8.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.5-8.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
GRADES 9 - 12
NA-VA.9-12.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.9-12.5 Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others
NA-VA.9-12.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines

LANGUAGE ARTS: English
GRADES K - 12
NL-ENG.K-12.3 Evaluation Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.4 Communication Skills
NL-ENG.K-12.5 Communication Strategies
NL-ENG.K-12.6 Applying Knowledge
NL-ENG.K-12.7 Evaluating Data
NL-ENG.K-12.11 Participating in Society
NL-ENG.K-12.12 Applying Language Skills

TECHNOLOGY
GRADES K - 12
NT.K-12.1 Basic Operations and Concepts
NT.K-12.2 Social, Ethical, and Human Issues
NT.K-12.3 Technology Productivity tools
NT.K-12.4 Technology Communications tools
NT.K-12.6 Technology Problem-Solving and Decision-Making tools

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