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Global Monster Project
Meet new educator colleagues around the world while
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Our Monster is interested in STEM!
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

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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 - 2018 Monsters Coming in October.

Hello from your host at Monster Central, Dr. Terry Smith. I work in the National Geographic Educator Certification Program as a Mentor to classroom teachers, and I'm an associate professor in the School of Teacher Education & Leadership at Radford University. 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 - smithterryk@gmail.com.
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
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1. Head - Mr. Ferguson's 4th grade - Franconia, New Hampshire. Shaped like an old gnarly tree with holes and spider webs throughout, crocodile climbing it, tree roots creeping into the body.

2. Eyes - Duygu Ergen’s grade  4. Gulsehri Primary School, Kirsehir, Turkey. EYES: pupils look like a cat eye, they shaped like vertical slits, yellow with a black pupil shot.

3. Ears - Ms. Morgan (1st), Ms. Moore (3rd) Ms. Gowen (4th); Three Oaks Elementary, Virginia Beach, Virginia.  - 1 ft long pointy top, curvy sides green, red, blue bumpy scales. Four, 6- inch hairy rough spikes to the bottom. (length = 1 1/2 ft.)

4. Earrings -  Lyudmila Golubeva's grade 5, Lyceum #1, Kansk, Russia. Left – glittery gold, round, with a web and spiders on it, 3 inches diameter. Right - lime green, mossy, triangular, worms and bugs crawling on it, each side 3 inches.

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. 4cm top, 8cm diagonally, pointy, rainbow gums, 2 front fire teeth, slimy crossbones, broken, bloody, cavities, colorful, red/black-diamond braces, hairy

8. Nose - Ms. McIntyre's STEM classes, Queens Creek Elementary, Swansboro, NC.  - Mushroom shaped nose measuring 12 cm by 8 cm. Nostrils are three equilateral triangles 2 centimeters located in middle of nose vertically. 

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. 6-inch long, rough spikes that are orange, black, purple and green with creepy creatures mixed into the hair.

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/Jenna Mullin, 5th grade, Prices Fork Elementary. Blacksburg, Virginia. Flexible, furry, purple with bulging yellow lumps and visible sharp crooked bones. It’s 5” tall and 4” wide.

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 - St. Oswald's Primary, Lake District, Burneside, England: Cuboid with purple triangular spikes, green spots, iridescent scales and a central mouth with sharp teeth.

16. Belt - Sara Stoolman Doerfler’s 6th Grade Language Arts, 2 sections with 22 students each - Yangon International School, Yangon, Myanmar. Traditional Lethwei style belt. Black with gold color. Belt buckle: Shwe Dagon Pagoda Around the belt: Panthein Umbrella, Myanmar flag, Myanmar language.

17. Belly button -  Melinda Baden’s PreK class, Lake Asbury Elementary, Green Cove Springs, Florida. A smiley faced, polka dotted oval with hair coming from it.

18. Arms - Kristy Ardinger’s 1-5 Team: Kristy Miller, Matt Lindsey, Angela Hruby & Nathan Monseth; Countryside Elementary School, Edina, MN. Long (36 inches) green and blue hairy arms with spikes that are black.

19. Left Elbow - Magoline Middleton's fifth grade, Bluffs Community Grade School, Bluffs, Illinois. Left elbow: The elbow is four inches thick, bent at an 80 degree angle, grey with large red spots and blue stripes.

20. Hands-fingers - Kathryn Jefferson's 2-5 STEAM Club, Fuqua School, Farmville, Virginia. Triangular. dirty brown, hairy, veiny, warty hands 15cm wide, 28cm long. 3 1/2 green, spindly, cobwebbed fingers.

21. Pinky ring - Mr. Martinez's 6th graders, Warden Middle School, Warden, Washington. The ring is gold with diamonds shaped in a hexagon on top and a green eyed black panther in the middle. 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. Left knee description- hairy, dirty, bloody, 12 inches wide, green with black and purple polka dots, bony, round, and partially detached.  24. Right knee - Liliana Harrington, Project Favela - Brazil - 6 inches wide, 12 inches tall, white, black and pink spikes, hard, clean, strong and an eye in the middle. 
25. Feet - Ms. Agustina Arenzana -- Green Hills School of English 5-8 year-old students; Tandil, Buenos Aires province, Argentina. The monster's feet should be 35 cm long and 20 cm wide, brown and green. They should also have wheels to move faster when necessary. 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 Jr. High, Centralia, IL. About 4 feet long and curly, pointed tip. Rainbow in color, with spikes of different colors running  the length of the tail. 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 - optional 30. Ruler - optional

31. Skateboard  -  Queen Elizabeth School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Grades 3/4: Ms. Irving, Mrs. Godman, Ms. Ney, Mrs. Killeen and Mr. Wensley. Grey spikes and 2 black wings on outside of skateboard, gold but looks like cheese , 6 wheels, 2 1/2 feet long.

32. Suspenders - Dana Hoff's class, Innovation STEM Academy, Sparta, Wisconsin. From waist to shoulders; Right suspender- green with purple dots
Left suspender- blue and red diagonally striped leather 

33. Apple watch  - Mrs. Dennison's 5th grade class. Solvay Middle School. Lakeland, New York. 4 inch x 3 inch cracked rough skull screen, family picture screensaver. Striped spectacular bright colored watchband with spikes covering it. 34. Pet Bat - Faye Hanson, 5th grade, Little Rock, Arkansas. 7” Furry body with gold stripes. 12” wings that sparkle silver and gold. Fancy-Wears bow tie and top hat.
35. Microscope -  Ms. Pilver's 4th grade at Center School in Willington, Connecticut. Base -covered with fish scales
Arm: hairy tarantula leg -- Eyepiece: Minotaur’s horn -- Light: an eyeball -- Microscope is 2 feet tall.
36. Cane - Christy Baker's 2nd grade class at Icard Elementary School in Icard, North Carolina. 1m x 6 cm black, silver top with two cobra heads opposite red eyes, blue orb top, vampire skull in middle between cobras.
37. Toothbrush - Lori Towle's Class at Odyssey Day School, Wakefield, Massachusetts. 3 feet long, 6 inches wide, maroon and black, bristle part is a broom head! 38. Favorite Book - Tina Fink & Ellen Martel's grade 5, Our Lady Queen of Heaven School, Lake Charles, Louisiana. 3 ft tall, 20 inches wide; money border; neon colors, feathers and flowers; include scary face with black & yellow eyes at bottom, choose your own title.
39. Cup of Tea - Mrs. Small's grade 5/6. Utterson, Ontario, Canada. Cylinder: height 50cm, diameter 30cm. Black with orange jack o’ lantern face, spider web for base, lava rim, left handle. 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 (10-11 years olds) from Nizniy Ingash, Russia. Paper box with dark blue. Height 15 inches, width 5 inches. On the screen a picture of a volcanic eruption 42. Passport  - Sarah Brakenbury's class, Silas Willard Elementary, Galesburg, IL - 1/2 yard tall, 5 decimeters wide, a blood scarlet velvet cover, an outer seal design of stitched lips, moldy green pages covered in emerald phlegm.
43. Drone - Ms. Tkacz’s 1st and 2nd grades. Wake Forest Charter Academy, Wake Forest NC.  Orange and red stripes, microphone, square, 2 wings, 3 propellers, 1 camera, 1 tail on the back, and a controller separate. 44. Right Elbow Michelle Huseman's 4th grade, Eugene Field Elementary, Hannibal, Missouri. Ten inch square, purple background, 5-inch long eyebal in the middle with a red pupil.
45. Pet SnakeShelly Sherman's 2nd, 3rd, 4th graders. Blue Mountain School, Floyd, Virginia. Green & gold fire breathing reticulated python with amber eyes. 6 feet long ,3 inches wide,  30 centimeter black venom dripping tongue. 46. Pencil Sharpeneroptional
47. Cookbook - Ms. Combs/Mrs. Krupa 1st grade, (3rd grade assisting)  Northside Catholic Academy. Chicago, IL. The cookbook should have at least 20 recipes for monster food and be 8.5 inches by 11 inches.  48. Finger nails Lusine Jhangiryan’s mixed age Monster Makers - School # 18 in Achinsk, Russia. 12 cm long, 2.3 cm wide, rhomboid shape, acid green, sharp, elastic, clean, polished, scary.
49. Driver's license - optional 50. Harmonica - optional 

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Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Voting: Monsters must be in by 5 PM, Nov 1 for the ballot. Ballots must be returned by Nov 3, 8 PM.


Mr. Bestname (Argentina)
Ms. Arenzana's Class
108 Votes
Student Choice 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)



Link to Past Monster Project Name Lists

Monster Names 2017


1. Mr. Woodenhead


2. Ladjakl B. Sapjklajkx


3. Sugar Booger 47


4. Ivi Niam Odisch Śmieciak


5. Tree-zilla


6. Mr. Dr. Evil Porkchop


7. Blood Demon Bobist the Monster


8. John the Monster


9. Peter von Monster Vegas


10. Mr. Godzilla


11. Tongue-o-saurus


12. Mr. Smile


13. Big Fat Monster EngiHog


14. Bartholomew Slobber Crusher


15. Gooey Gizmo


16. Woody-Protector of the Environment


17. Rob Pavonine


18. Pennywise 


19. Ralph


20. Mr. Boogie Woogie


21. Mr. Big Belly


22. Mr. Bestname -  Ms. Arenzana - Argentina


23. Broot the Beast Guy


24. Frankenzapper


25. FrankenBrain


26. Monkey


27. Baby Pointy Spike


28. Salivan Teresa


29. Shaggy


30. Elliott


31. Elitte


32. Hams


33. Jared


34. Treeman


35. Stary McClary the Hairy Fairy


36. Irma


37. Helga


38. Spikey Bigfoot


39. Mr. Nice Guy


40. Bob


41. Scary Larry 5
42. Rainbow Doodles 8
43. Mr. Fallapart 5
44. Troil  17
45. Fuqua Monster  7
46. Trash Bunny  6
47. Chomper 6
48. Beorge 6
49. Rainbow Fluffy Unicorn 7
50. Ferguson No Name 18



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