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(1)Step by Step Doing the Project

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Monster Work in Progress 2013

Names & Votes
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Global Monster Project
Geo-Educators & Global Kids Working Together

 This project helps you meet new colleagues around the world while collaborating, sharing digital media, and using geographic resources.

See National Geographic Geo-Educators for ideas and
resources to share with others during this project.


Send Email to Join the Project and Collaborate on a Monster! Twitter: @  
Radford University - School of Teacher Education & Leadership 

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

What is a geo-educator? If you are passionate about helping your students understand our interconnected world, then YOU are a geo-educator.

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


What is This Project?
Hello from your host at Monster Central, Dr. Terry Smith, assistant professor in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership  at Radford University, Radford VA. 

 Elementary classes from the United States and around the world collaborate in this standards based project. After choosing a Monster part, each class writes a description of that part. After all descriptions have been completed (and added to the chart below), each class builds its own
MONSTER using everyone's descriptions. Students discover that designing and building a monster together is a very big job. 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 kids doing the eyes, nose, neck, mouth, ears and hair. Kids get deliberate practice in collaboration while constructing their class MONSTER. The result is satisfying proof that a community of kids can accomplish anything!! 

                     To be a part of this educational experience, send an email and join -


"I am beautiful!"

Sample descriptions

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

You may use from 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]
2014 Descriptions: All classes use this chart to build their Monster.

1. ARMSMichelle Huseman/Ms. Nutt 4th grade, Eugene Field School, Hannibal, MO- Right arm robotic, rusty, round, rectangular, 24 x 8 inches. Left arm: molten lava flowing downward 18 inches, spitting ashes.

2. TOES - Mr. Humble's Class 4, St. Oswald's CE primary School
Burneside, Cumbria, England -
toes have eyes and mouths with spiky purple tongues

3. EYES Miss Cawthon's 4th grade, Francis Solanus School, Quincy, IL - Six multi-colored eyes, two larger eyes and four smaller eyes, oval shaped with points on the end, star shaped aquamarine pupils in each eye, 3 dimensional and glow in the dark.

4. EARS - Mrs. Jacoby/Mrs. Riordan – 4th grade, Cathedral of St. Ray's School, Joliet, IL. 24-inch, triangular shaped, rainbow colored, waxy, warty, spiky, droopy, hairy, moldy, scaly, fiery, slimy

5. NECK - Mrs. Baker's 4th grade, Valdese Elementary, Valdese North Carolina - top/bottom skinny, fish bowl middle, green water, bugs floating, yellow scales

6. ELBOWS  - Mrs. Tina Fink, 5th grade classes at Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, Lake Charles, Louisiana - 8 in. long by 6 in. wide, crescent- shaped, green, veins poking out, scaly, (right elbow: two 5- inch hanging chains; left elbow: two bloodshot dangling eyeballs) 

7. HEAD - Mr. Ferguson's 4th grade - Lafayette Regional School, Franconia,  NH- green diamond shaped, with a giant hole through the forehead with a gigantic rusty fish hook through it, the hole red  and pink brain guts.

8. TAIL - Ms. Golubeva's 4th grade, Lyceum 1, Kansk, Russia. The tail is brown, 110 cm long, 12 cm in width, divided into 2 parts at the end, green, red and yellow spotted, with spiders and black and orange spikes.   

9. NOSE - Sue Halbert's 3rd Grade, J. Fithian Tatem Elementary, Haddonfield, NJ. Foot long orange and black striped cone-shaped with purple snout; 1˝” stitches; 1˝” hairy wart; + 5” sword sticking out.

10. MOUTH-  Jessica Middleton/Jannet Odom 2nd grade - Majestic Way Elementary, San Jose, California - gigantic 24 in long, 12 inches tall, the shape of a hexagon, purple, red and blue. It will have lava lips, green bumps, stitches, and poisonous, bloody saliva. His lips will also be hairy and spiky.

11. LEGS -   Lisa Lindeman/Pat Stork -6th grade, Babylon Memorial Grade School, Babylon, NY - 4 legs each under 48" long,1 leg is broken and in a mummy cast, bones sticking out, oozing, gooey,1 leg is bony like a skeleton, cobwebs and green slime, 1 leg is a cyborg rusty, beat-up. There are green buttons. It is black with pink and black polka-dots. There are lights going down it. And of course, it has a green jellyfish tattoo!
1 leg is an animal leg...your choice.

12. TEETH - Georgette Nairn's 2nd grade, Hatcher Elementary  
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -
10 teeth 4 inches long each. Triangular shape, yellow and black, boogery, guts in between them, hearts on some of the teeth, a gold tooth, jagged, some spaces where some are missing.

13. BODY - Larissa Tarasevich grades 3 and 4 - Abanskaya school, Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia. diamond shape, red and fluffy, covered with eyeballs and worms. It is 1 meter long and 70 cm wide

14. EYEBROWS - Mrs. Hoff, grade 6, Innovations STEM Academy (ISA), Sparta, Wisconsin - Create a bushy, hairy, multi-colored and spiked unibrow. Curve the 3-inched unibrow around all eyeballs in a melting formation.

15. FEET - Mrs. Wisnewski/Mr. Sackett 6th grades, Catalyst Charter School - Ripon, WI - 1 foot long and hot pink, they are slimy with green tentacles, they are 6" wide and there are a total of 4 individual feet

16. HAIR - Jennifer McFarland's/Mr. Glazer's 3rd grades, Erdenheim Elementary, Springfield Township, PA. Spiky Mohawk (30 cm in height), Tye-dyed with neon rainbow colors. Finally, it needs to be covered with gooey spiders and sticky cobwebs.

17. Left KNEE - Ms. Jessica Charvat, Grade: 4A -- Yangon International School, Myanmar: curved like a circle, round as a volleyball. The size should be smaller than the legs, but bigger than 3 inches height and 3 inches width. Slime-green and speckled with lemon-yellow polka-dots. The knee is stitched and the stitches are bright orange. The texture will be rough, like sandpaper. Creepy beetles crawling on the rotten skin. Around the knee there are blue, nasty curved triangular spikes sticking out.

18. Right KNEE - Ms. Horton, Grade 4 B -- Yangon International School, Myanmar - Our monster's knee should be bumpy. It is hard in the middle and the skin is so hard it might even be used for leather.  It is a blue color.  Around the knee should be a little furry.  There should be some spikes on the knee and the monster's knee is bendable.

19. BELLY BUTTON -  Mrs. Gibbons/Mrs. Federico, 4th grade Jaworek Elementary, Marlborogh, MA. Make a cute, slimy, smelly, recyclable belly button with 3 concentrically positioned circles with the outer circle measuring a 23cm diameter (paper plate, old cd, a bottle cap). String soda (pop) can tabs with old green, red, and gold ribbons around the perimeter of the outer circle.

20. HORNS -  Jenny Wand's class, Miriam School, St. Louis, MO. One cone/ unicorn shaped, firey red, 8 cm wide at its base, 30 centimeters long, slimy, and bloody. The other two horns are curled like a ram, bone colored with protruding spikes and with a vain popping eyeball on each horn, bulging out.

21. NECKLACEMrs. Wiatrowski and Ms. Sowers, 3rd grade - Auburn Elementary School, Riner, VA.-  Red, pink, blue, black, white, and rainbow colors with squares, diamonds, hearts, and stick people on it. 22. BELT - Lin-lin Tan and Li-Chi Hsu,  grade 6, Sih-Wei Elementary, Kaohsiung,Taiwan - the length of our belt would be 70 cm and the width would be 15 Cm. It will have some or a lot of pumpkins, spiders and ghosts.
23. WINGS - Mrs. Orton's 4th grade, Groveland Elementary, Blackfoot, Idaho. Two medium sized wings, 6 foot wingspan x 2 foot length. 1 wing on each side of the monster attached to his back. They are shaped like perfectly oval, brown slimy, rotting potatoes (from Idaho) with 1 large creepy human eye on each. Eyes are 1 foot by 6 inches they are open. Each eye has 3 blood red triangle pupils located on the outer tips of the wings. 24. HANDS -  Megan McCoy, Technology Coordinator, 3rd/4th grades, Holy Family Catholic School Bensenville, IL:  Right HandPurple with green spots, 12 inches wide, holes in his hand, eyeball on its hand, 5 stitches, top part of his hand is on fire, earring clipped on, very hairy - Left HandLight blue & light pink stripes with dark blue polka dots, 1 foot wide, diamond shaped, holding a pumpkin, purple ooze coming out of its hand, hairy, spikes
25. EARRINGS - Ms. Gallico's 4th grade, River Valley Elementary, Lemont, IL - 5 inches long hanging from bones, Shiny, purple, pink and neon green diamonds with the point of the diamonds sticking out so it is spiky. Pearl beads in between each diamond with a big 3D gold M (for monster or the first initial of the monster’s name). 26. iWatch - Optional - your choice!
27. TONGUE - Ms. Superty/Mr. Pullen 5th grade, Wilmore Davis Elementary, Wheat Ridge, Colorado Web - Shaped like an orange and blue two headed snake with fiery forked tongues, twisted like a drill bit covered in spikes which are green, black, and pink, acid-like green squishy splotches,7.5 in wide,5.0 ft long, balancing a bloodshot eyeball 28. CELL PHONE Jennifer Verschoor, St. Mathew's College Olivos, Buenos Aires, Argentina. All black with a blue cover and a big eye in the middle and with two hands on the phone
29. iPAD -  Mrs. Zealand, Mrs. Ferguson and Mrs. Taylor, Grades 1 and 2,  New Market, Ontario, Canada. - rectangular, orange apple symbol, spiky, rainbow, shiny, bumpy, worms, spiders, scary!!! 30. iPhone 6 - Mrs. Yoder's 3rd grade, Erdenheim Elementary, Springfield Township, PA - indestructible, bendable, as big as an ipad mini, camouflage with spikes and scales, shaped like a human eye and when it shuts down, the eye closes, waterproof, has bat wings to fly, covered in slime

31. Skateboard  -  Liz Gallo, 3rd grade, The Churchill School, New York, NY - The skateboard is blue with white diamonds, and has red flames on the top. It is rough on the side edges like a chainsaw. The wheels are rainbows. It has sparks flying out it. It has wings that are purple with blue polka dots. The front has a shark face on it. It also needs a jet pack. The skateboard is 3 feet long.

32. SUSPENDERS - Mrs. Breheny's Kindergarten and Mrs. Cody's 6th grade, St. Paul School, Macomb, Illinois. They are the length of the monster’s body. There are 3 stripes-silver-gold-bronze. They are also covered with money signs.$$$$ Golden clamps help hold the suspenders to the monster’s pants.

33. NOSE RING  - Optional - your choice! 34. Pet Bat - Mrs. Lee's grades 5/6, Pierson School, Manitoba, Canada - 
Is blue with green polka dots, has long teeth, Red opposite sized eyes, Oval furry body with a mowhawk flame down the back, 2 inch diameter pig nose, Curled horns, Filled with candy, Blades on wings, 1 meter wing tip to wing tip, Flies on a leash, 5 inch hanging bare skin ears
35.TOE NAILS- Ms. Chavez/Mrs. Brooke/Mrs. Garcia 3rd grades at Gard Elementary, Beardstown, IL - each toe nail is slimy, bloody, irty, muddy, with eyeballs, 3 inches long, hairy, with insects and spiders, cockroaches, bats, snails, fungus, centipedes, worms, lizards, bones and rats, crickets legs, scorpion, holes, snakes, stinky, 3 eyes on the toe nails 36. CANE - Melinda Baden's kindergarten, Lake Asbury, Florida - It should look more like a walking stick than a cane; it should be black with purple dots; and it should have 3 hairy, orange feet.
37. Google Glass  - Optional - your choice! 38. Favorite Book  - Julia Karaban,7A, Secondary School # 2 in Sayanogorsk, Russia. The book has a grey-brown cover, has many rips inside, four beady hazel eyes and a mouth that bites anyone who tries to open it.
You can find only four saved pages in it. They are about adventures of Monster Potter in Russia (watching sights and taking photos there).
39. PASSPORT - Melissa Sullivan, 5th Grade Bilingual-Seabourn Elementary Mesquite, TX - The passport is rectangular with the dimensions of 15cm long by ? cm wide creating an area of 150cm (math problem). On the front will be your country’s name and actual symbol from your country’s passport.
40. XBOX - Mrs. Rush/Bevenour/Green 4th grades, Gale Elementary School, Galesburg, IL - XBOX 4000, spherical pumpkin shape, diameter 60 cm, circumference 120 cm. Cyclops eye with an X as its pupil, slot shaped mouth for CD’s. Triangular slot on the side for the “chip” of the Xbox to be installed.

Turns on automatically when its duck call has been blown. Filled with green, slimy, radioactive worms oozing from the top, a dead, decomposing rat half in/half out. A disc with dripping goo is on top of the Xbox with signatures from every student who created the monster.

Gold trapezoid, 10 cm on top, 20 cm on bottom
Buttons: On left, large circle oozing black/yellow, surrounded by 7 small circles, oozing neon colors. 
Cord: Silver curly cord with spikes, green goo in the cracks

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Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Monster Names and Voting List 

Frank says,
"What class will it be in 2015?
Will Mrs. Wand's students do it again?

Top Monster 2014
Hogzilla Chuck Norris Duck Ape

Jenny Wand's Class
The Miriam School -- Webster Groves, MO

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)

Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

2014 Monsters  726 Votes
TOP Monster: Hogzilla Chuck Norris Duck Ape  
Webster Groves, Missouri - Jenny Wand's Class


1. Tyrone – Sparta, Wisconsin 18
2. Banana Head – Burneside, England 32
3.  Henry – Quincy, Illinois 14
4. MonstrosityBabylon, New York 17
5. Shaneequaa – Macomb, Illinois 27
6. Mugsey – Lemont, Illinois 6
7. LaGOONa Blue – San Jose, California 5
8. Neewollah! – Beardstown, Illinois 10
9. Mr. Mostrichello – Kansk, Russia 3
10. Mattchewi – Blackfoot, Idaho 8
11. Mrs. Monsternomicon – Galesburg, Illinois 30
12. RipCage – Yangon, Myamar 16
13. Snuffaluffagus – Haddenfield, New Jersey 15
14. Potato – Lake Asbury, Florida 27
15. Dr. Diamond Dude – Franconia, New Hampshire 77
16. Tom the Mischief Monster - Springfield Township  9
17.  Hairy Jerry - Springfield Township, Pennsylvania 5
18. Old Monster of the Moon - Marlborough, Massachusetts 36
19. Jumanji – Riner, Virginia 13
20. Winston Pickles - New York City, New York 20
21. Raymongus  – Joliet, Illinois 15
22. Chizito - Buenos Aires, Argentina 12
23. Mr. Bobalot – Lake Charles, Louisiana 6
24. Hogzilla Chuck Norris Duck Ape - Webster Groves, Missouri 81
25. Mr. Spooky Pants – Hannibal, Missouri  5
26. Tri-Techi-tongue-a-luscious - Manitoba, Canada 11
27. Horrific Hatcher - Winnipeg Manitoba, Canada


28.The Horrible - Mesquite, Texas   5
29. Rainbowzilla - Wheatridge, Colorado 12
30. Felix - Krasnoyarsk Territory, Russia 16
31. Fuzzy Ferocious - Valdese, North Carolina 1
32. Evil Elmo - Ripon, Wisconsin


33. Fredrico - Ripon, Wisconsin 6
34. Jim Bob - Ripon, Wisconsin 16
35. Mr. It - Ripon, Wisconsin 18
36. Olaf - Ripon, Wisconsin 23
37. Squiggle - Burneside, Cumbria, England 10
38. ZinkyBingBong - Burneside, Cumbria, England


39. Monster Potter – Sayanagorsk, Russia 25
40. Monster Henry – Bensenville, Illinois 9
Note: Lin-lin from Taiwan described the Belt but did not build a Monster.



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