The "Hairy Monster Pots" art project leads to student writing fun.
monster, writing, Halloween
Plan to do this activity in September or early October and you will be able to do some follow-up "monster story" writing before Halloween. Or capitalize on the fact that students might have trouble focusing on Halloween by planning this lesson to happen that very day.
In this lesson, a fun art project leads to student writing. If you plan -- and plant! -- this lesson in advance, you can share a sample Hairy Monster as an example of the kind of monsters students will create.The first part of this project is to have students create their own Hairy Monsters. They will paint monstrous looking faces on clay or plastic pots and then grow grass "monster hair" in the pots. You can find the complete instructions for creating Hairy Monster Pots on the Young Gardeners Web page.
When students' Hairy Monsters are ready -- when they have full heads of hair -- introduce a writing assignment in which students write character sketches about the monstrous friends/fiends.
First, challenge students to develop a personality and description of their Hairy Monster. You might work as a class to discuss possible
Use one of these writing rubrics to assess students' writing:
FINE ARTS: Visual Arts
GRADES K - 4
NA-VA.K-4.1 Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques, and Processes
NA-VA.K-4.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
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.5-8.3 Choosing and Evaluating A Range of Subject Matter, Symbols, and Ideas
NA-VA.5-8.6 Making Connections Between Visual Arts and Other Disciplines
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