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Sign Up Began on September 11.
The Monster Must Have at least ONE Moving Part

Global Monster Project
Meet new educator colleagues around the world while
collaborating, sharing digital media, and using geographic resources.

Our 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     Global Collaborative Projects

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

MONSTER GALLERY - See all of this years Monsters.

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 -
See the Step by Step Timeline of Directions.


"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

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.

2017 Parts: Please Send Descriptions/Bios ASAP. No More than 12-20 words in the Description
Refresh your browser often! 

1. Head - Mr. Ferguson's 4th grade - Franconia, NH

2. Eyes - Duygu Ergen’s grade  4. Gulsehri Primary School, Kirsehir, Turkey

3. Ears - Ms. Morgan (1st), Ms. Moore (3rd) Ms. Gowen (4th); Three Oaks Elementary, Virginia Beach, Virginia.

4. Earrings -  Lyudmila Golubeva's grade 5, Lyceum #1, Kansk, Russia.

5. Mouth - Teachers: Betsye Sargent, Barbara McFall, Leslie Levesque, Mike Smith, Mistral Dodson - multiage class. The Phoenix School, Salem Massachusetts. Cosmic-colored Cheshire cat lips oozing slobber down the chin!  1’ (foot) wide & 4” (inches) tall make for bone-chilling nightmare fuel!

6. Eyebrows  - Mr. Berry/Mrs. Mangum’s 5th grade homerooms.  St. Catherine’s School, Richmond, Virginia, United States. The bushy, furry, greasy unibrow will be brown with purple highlights. The length is 30cm and the width is 2cm.

7. Teeth - Lisa Newton - Gifted Program Teacher, multiple classes - Harbins Elementary School, Dacula, Georgia

8. Nose - Ms. McIntyre's STEM classes, Queens Creek Elementary, Swansboro, NC. 

9. Nose ring - Amber, Gaby, Wendy, Alli, Carly, Larissa, and Dominika 4th grades: Churchill School, New York, NY. The nose ring should be spiky with diamonds. It will be circular and bloody red with a diameter of 10 centimeters.

10. Tongue - Heidi Kazulak's multiage class, Lewiston-Porter Primary Education Center, Youngstown, New York. 1 yard long twelve inches wide, blue with red polka dots bumpy scratchy bottom, fuzzy top, sticky.

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

12. Horns - Sarah Gray’s year 2, St Joachim’s Primary, Queensland, Australia.
Gold coloured, 20 centimetres in length, hard and rough, curved but skinny and come to a sharp point. 

13. Neck - Sarah Weithman's 5th grade, Prices Fork Elementary. Blackburg, Virginia

14. Necklace - Joanna Waszkowska - Primary School #38, Sosnowiec, Poland. A 40 centimeter bundle of colored cables, combined with paper, shiny figures and artificial diamonds. Like a rainbow powered battery with spring antennas.

15. Body -  Mr. Humble's Years 5 and 6 - Lake District, Burneside, England:

16. Belt - Sara Stoolman Doerfler’s 6th Grade Language Arts, 2 sections with 22 students each - Yangon International School, Yangon, Myanmar

17. Belly button -  Melinda Baden’s multi-grade class, Lake Asbury Elementary, Green Cove Springs, Florida.

18. Arms - Kristy Ardinger’s 1-5 Team: Kristy Miller, Matt Lindsey, Angela Hruby & Nathan Monseth; Countryside Elementary School, Edina, MN

19. Left Elbow - Magoline Middleton's fifth grade, Bluffs Community Grade School, Bluffs, Illinois.

20. Hands-fingers - Kathryn Jefferson's 2-5 STEAM Club, Fuqua School, Farmville, Virginia

21. Pinky ring - 22. Legs - Mr. Englert's class, Bellvue Elementary, Syracuse, NY. Four swirly legs, 85 centimeters in length with original hashtags written on each leg.
23. Left knee - Mrs. Hechler, 6th grades (Innovation Lab), Western CUSD 12, Kinderhook, IL.  24. Right knee - 
25. Feet - Ms. Agustina Arenzana -- Green Hills School of English 5-8 year-old students; Tandil, Buenos Aires province, Argentina. 26. Toes-toenails - Ms. Jacoby 4th grade, Ms. Latz (art)  & Ms. Byrd (technology) Cathedral of St. Raymond School, Joliet, IL: Toes: skinny, triangular, half green half pink, 4 toes on each foot, hairy, 10 inches long, toe ring on the third toe - right foot -- Toe nails: cracked, 6 inches long, curly, polka pot polish, 1 hangnail on the third toe -left foot,
27.Tail -  Mike Middleton’s 6th grade, Centralia, IL 28. Wings  -Lisa Diessel's grade 1/2, St. Jean de Brebeuf School, Bradford, Ontario, Canada: 6 moth-like, scaly, prickly wings. Each 30-40 cm wide, 80-100 cm long. Red, with black thunderbolt covering 50% of surface area.
29. iPad/tablet -  30. Ruler -

31. Skateboard  -  Queen Elizabeth School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Grades 3/4: Ms. Irving, Mrs. Godman, Ms. Ney, Mrs. Killeen and Mr. Wensley.

32. Suspenders - Dana Hoff's class, Innovation STEM Academy, Sparta, Wisconsin

33. Apple watch  - Mrs. Dennison's 5th grade class. Solvay Middle School. Lakeland, New York. 34. Pet Bat - Faye Hanson, 5th grade, Little Rock, Arkansas.
35. Microscope -  36. Cane - 
37. Toothbrush - Lori Towle's Class at Odyssey Day School. 3 feet long, 6 inches wide, maroom and black, bristle part is a broom head! 38. Favorite Book -
39. Cup of Tea - Mrs. Small's grade 5/6. Ulswater, Ontario, Canada. 40. XBOX - Mrs. Jones' 1st, 2nd & 3rd STEAM class - Pioneer Elementary School.  Quincy, Washington, USA. The XBOX is 13"W, 15"L, 2"H. It is a turquoise diamond. The controller is a silver fidget spinner with a 22" circumference and candy buttons.
41. Smart phone - Tatyana Gayduk's grade 5 students (10-11years olds) from Nizhiy Ingash, Russia.  42. Passport  -
43. Drone - Ms. Tkacz’s 1st and 2nd grades. Wake Forest Charter Academy, Wake Forest NC.   44. Right Elbow Michelle Huseman's 4th grade, Eugene Field Elementary, Hannibal, Missouri.
45. Pet SnakeShelly Sherman's 2nd, 3rd, 4th graders. Blue Mountain School, Floyd, Virginia. 46. Pencil Sharpener
47. Cookbook -  48. Finger nails Lusine Jhangiryan’s mixed age Monster Makers - School # 18 in Achinsk, Russia.
49. Driver's license 50. Harmonica

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Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Monster Names and Votes


Who Will make the
TOP Monster of 2017?

Past TOP Monsters

Mr. Wotzizname 2016 (Burneside,England)    
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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