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TOP Monster of 2015 - Bobby Wasabi!!!
Global Monster Project
Meet new educator colleagues around the world while
collaborating, sharing digital media, and using geographic resources.

This year's Monster is interested in STEM:
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

Join the Project and Collaborate on a Monster!
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Teachers are sharing in our project  group - veterans and new teachers!

Learning & Technology Standards | Lesson Plans

We are an ongoing Community of Practice. Many Educators have
 been in the project for over 10 years. New-comers are always Invited!

Try the National Geographic Interactive MapMaker as your students 
learn where other Monster makers are located around the world.

This project is promoted by National Geographic Education on Gooru Learning    
   Global Collaborative Projects

     The chart below will fill as classrooms choose their parts to design and describe.


Project Leader
Hello from your host at Monster Central, Dr. Terry Smith. I am an assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership at Radford University in Radford VA. I was an elementary teacher for 14 years, and now I coordinate this global project. We address many academic areas - please see the Learning & Technology link for examples.

What is this Project?  
Primary classes from the USA and around the world collaborate in this K-6 project. After requesting a Monster part from the list, each class composes a 12-20 word description and emails it in. When all descriptions are completed on the chart below, each class builds its own MONSTER using everyone's descriptions. In order to have enough parts for everyone, we often have classrooms from the same school team up on a part, and we also have cross-grade teams, for example, K and 4.

Students discover that
designing and building a monster together is a challenging task. It is a major lesson in working together and learning to compromise in a group decision process. For example, the student responsible for the head has to plan with the students making the eyes, nose, neck, mouth, ears and hair. Students have deliberate practice in collaboration while constructing their class MONSTER. The result is satisfying proof that a community of global kids can accomplish anything!!  Additionally, students are asked to state how their monster would use STEM to make their school, town, or world a better place.

How Do I Sign Up My Class? 
Your Class has joined and reserved a place in the project when the teacher (1) Requests a Monster part AND (2) Sends the class photo and school/class information. This needs to be done when you join the project in order to get you on the Participants Page and to secure your Monster part. Email to join -


"I am beautiful!"

Sample descriptions

HEAD: circular, black, red dots,  blue triangles, 
diameter 18 inches

Please use 12-20 expressive, creepy, cool, adjectives. Be sure to give size, shape, and color!
Cm or Inches?

Greetings from Pakistan -------- And to Pakistan! Serious Monster Makers!



Kids at Work

Sizwe's Message from 
Kwazulu Natal, South Africa

a Critical Thinking Monster game


See Example Descriptions from a Past Project]
Note: Classes need to build the basic Monster, but all of the Accessories can be optional and 
dependent on your class size and time available to spend on the project.

2016 Parts  Please Send Descriptions/Bios ASAP. No More than 12-20 words in the Description

1. Head - Mrs. Wisneski & Mr. Sackett's 6th grade - Catalyst Charter Middle School, Ripon, WI.

2. Eyes - Mr. Humble's 5th grade - Burneside, England

3. Ears - Jessica Charvat, Grades 2-3-4, American Pacific International School, Chiang Mai, Thailand. 

4. Earrings - Larisa Tarasevich's 6th grade class, Aban, Russia: The shape of heart, red, decorated with starts and ladybirds. There is a big bug in the middle like a diamond.

5. Mouth - Mr. Ferguson's 4th grade - Franconia, NH: circle shape surrounded by a big hairy beard filled with milk curds & two giant walrus tusks on the side of the mouth, drooling saliva

6. Eyebrow  - Mrs. Tremblay/Ms. Hanson, grades 3-5, Hooksett Elementary School, Hooksett, NH: There is one eyebrow that is 23cm long and 2 cm wide, pink & blue tie dye, wavy, bushy, spiky, scaly, sticky and bug-covered.

7. Teeth - Mrs. Small's 5/6 grade, Utterson, Ontario, Canada: Top Row: 7 rounded teeth of various sizes, rainbow coloured with braces and elastics. Bottom Row: 3 large, rounded, white, teeth spread apart, 1 is chipped.

8. Nose -  Ms. Jacoby/Riordan 4th grade, Ms. Latz (art)  & Ms. Shertz (technology) Cathedral of St. Raymond School, Joliet, IL: half lime green/half purple, 2 ft long, 10 in wide, wide nostrils, hairy, pink fluffy snot, nose ring (like a bull), mole on right side, polka dotty.

9. Nose ring - Dara Stewart's 4th grade - Woodstock, VA

10. Tongue - Shannon Lee, Pierson School, Manitoba, Canada: 3 tongues. 2 are green, forked like a snake and 30 cm long with piercings and a pumpkin tongue ring. In between is a snake 60 cm long, yellow/green in color.

11. Hair - Lucine Jhangiryan's 3rd grade - Achinsk, Siberia: Pink and green, straight, punk haircut, thick, 17 cm long, sparkles, bow, volume, clean, rhinestone, well - combed.

12. Horns - Kristy Ardinger's 4th grade, Edina, MN - (One horn) 7 inches tall, 4 inch wide (at bottom), black with red stripes, curved with pointy top.

13. Neck - Verónica and Gabriela's 3rd grade, Colegio America, Callao - Lima, Peru

14. Necklace - Ms. Kennedy/Ms. Donofrio 1st grade, Staten Island, NY: 24 inches in length. Pattern of red hearts, blue squares, and purple circles. Rainbow spikes on top of the necklace

15. Body - Lisa Newton's classes, Dacula, Georgia.

16. Belt - Mrs. Knowles' 6th grade, Massabesic MS, East Waterloo, Maine.

17. Belly button -  Miss Mojica and Ms. Kut's 2nd grades, Robinson Elementary, Lyons, IL.

18. Arms - Ms. Diessel's 2nd grade, St. Jean de Brebeuf Catholic School, Bradford, Ontario, Canada: blue with white dots, furry, tubular, 80 cm long (31 1/2 in).

19. Left Elbow -  Eileen Hynes with a mixed age group, The Lake and Park School, Seattle, Washington:  electro-mechanical, acts as a purifier to process carbon. curved, made of metal with dragon scales, 24 inches around with a 360 degree range.

20. Hands-fingers -  Jennifer McGee, 3rd grades, Erdenheim, PA

21. Pinky ring - Mrs. Mangum's 5th Grade, St. Catherine School, Richmond, Virginia: Pinky Ring - The ring should be in the steampunk style and the band's width should be 1/3 the length of the pinky. 22. Legs - Ms. Stringer's 4th grade, Churchill School, New York City: Six legs, all 6” in diameter 40” long, two gooey, slimy black tentacles, two furry gold/black/brown camouflage with metal spikes, and two long scaly iridescent blue/purple snakes!
23. Left knee - Jenny Wand's class, The Miriam School, St. Louis, MO 24. Right knee - Patricia Pereira's STEM after school class at Project Favela. Favela da Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
25. Feet - Mrs. Crooke's 3/4 grades, Wadsworth, Ohio: 6 Feet- Pair #1: smelly, puke-green, sticky; Pair #2: blue, bumpy, tattoo; Pair 3: one red, one black, pug, 9” long. 26. Toes-toenails - Melissa Superty, Grades 5/6, Wheatridge, CO. Toenails: 27.25 cm long 6 cm wide, covered in moss and bugs, Jagged, cracked, puke green, black, pink, Alternating pointed &flat, Dirt under toenails. Toes: Stitches, Skull tattoo, 4 toes, Gushing out green & blue puss, 20 cm long  10 cm wide, puke green, Covered in fish scales.
27.Tail -  Mrs. Schoenherr's 3rd grade, Gurnee, IL - 95 cm long. Blue and gold. On top, 8 rainbow triangle spikes each 10 cm 28. Wings - Shelley Sherman's mixed grades - Blue Mountain School, Floyd, Virginia: Black with red and green sculls, 6'x2' bat wing shaped, pointy, shiny, smooth and ghastly.
29. iPad/tablet - Ms. Disher/Mrs. Sigurdson's Grade 2. Citadel Park School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 30. Ruler - Kelly Aeschlimann's 5th grade, Loch Lomond ES, Manassas, VA.

31. Skateboard  -  Mrs. Hoff's 6th grade, Innovations STEM Academy, Sparta, Wisconsin.

32. Suspenders - Mrs. Tremblay/Ms. Hanson, grade 6. Cawley Middle School,  Hooksett, NH: 24 inches X 3 inches, crocodile skin, yellow fur shoulders, rusty screaming button, tattered, ancient, flaming.

33. Apple watch  - Jennifer Verschoor's class,  St. George's College North Buenos Aires, Argentina 34. Pet Bat - Mrs. Jones' grades 1-2-3, Pioneer Elementary, Quincy, WA - The bat should be 60 cm, with a fuzzy oval body covered in shiny, lava-red armor, sparkly turquoise diamond wings, twisty, peach-colored horns and a friendly smile.
35. Microscope - The Phoenix School -  mixed ages, Salem, MA:  15 inches tall, pole on box, 3 zoom options, cylinder eyepiece, light under platform, complicated, bulky.  36. Cane - Ms. Gallico and other 5th grade teachers, Lemont, IL - tube at the bottom, 1 yd, red & white stripes, leather handle, 3 eyes w/mustache & bow tie.
37. Toothbrush - Ms. Reid's 3rd grade, Queens Creek Elementary Swansboro, NC. 38. Favorite Book  - Edie Crook, Media Specialist,  Grades 1 and 3, Hawks Nest STEAM academy, Gastonia, NC: 12” x 18” x 2” rectangle, dripping green slime cover with blue triangles & black spiders, pipe cleaner trim, glitter dots, Title: How Monsters Help Other People, shiny monster on cover with football helmet and 8 arms with gadgets, robot made of nine shapes on the cover, and the monster’s sidekick.
39. Cup of Tea - Mr. Englert's class, Bellvue Elementary, Syracuse, NY 40. XBOX - Lori Towle, Multi-Age, Full Circle Classrooms, Newbury, MA - One S model, Controller = scaly texture, scratch marks, tangled maze of snakes, rust-colored, 12 inches x 8 inches
41. Smart phone - Sue Parsons' 3rd grade, Maple Glen, PA: Sleek, 100 cm x 50 cm x 5 cm, gold with black trim. Front functions - TV, time travel, phone. Back - laser, solar panel. 42. Passport  - Ms. Golebeva's 4th grade, Lyceum No. 1,  Kansk, Russia: rectangular, 16x20 cm, brown with silver net and black spiders and flies, uneven decaying edges. 4 pages, different colours, pictures of his traveling. He will visit many countries to meet friends in the Monster Project.
43. Drone - Mr. Middleton's 6th grade, Centralia, IL 44. Right Elbow - Mrs. Cronin, Ms. Pitman & Rosemary Lannazzi (Maker Space and Technology) 2nd/3rd grades, Hampstead Academy, Hampstead, NH: Boney, pointy, triangle with all sides being 24 inches covered with slimy fur. Tip is transparent with red, yellow & green led lasers. Bald spot with a recycling logo tattoo with a rainbow inside.
45. Trunk - Mrs. Combs and 82 kindergarteners, Sacred Heart School, Chicago, IL 46. Pencil Sharpener - Liz Andrus' 3rd grade, Austinville, Virginia
47. Cookbook - Mrs. Tina Fink , 5th grade  at  Our Lady Queen of Heaven School in Lake Charles, Louisiana. 48. Finger nails - Pam Wilson's 6th grade, Challis, Idaho.
49. Driver's license - Christy Baker's 4th grade, Valdese, NC: Irregular icosikaidigon, 30 cm long, 20 cm high. Include: name, picture, birthday, address, barcode, color is monster’s favorite. 50. Harmonica - Kiley Kapp, grades 3-5, New Hampshire

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Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Monster Names and Votes

Who will be Our
TOP Monster of 2016

Bobby Wasabi 2015 (New Jersey)
  Hogzilla Chuck Norris Duck Ape 2014 (Missouri)

  Quawawa 2013 (Illinois)
  Master Flykenstien2012 (New Hampshire)
  Fiesta Foo Foo Dragon Dude 2011 (New Hampshire)
  Tokoloshi-Afrika 2010 (South Africa)
  Wee Nit Wit 2009 (New Hampshire)

  Chucky 2008 (Connecticut) 
  Bilbatauri Nussa Chauri 2007 (Pakistan)
  Boo Hoo the Foo 2006 (Virginia)
  Bling Monster-G 2005 (England)
  Devil of Doom 2004 (New York)

Big Daddy 2003 (Missouri)
  Mean Green Star Machine 2002 (Texas)
  Cuckamunga 2001 (New York)
  Double-Decker-Bushmonster 2000 (S. Africa)
  Frankenspots 1999 (Texas)

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