First Grade Monsters!! The idea came from Deep Space Sparkle and the students truly enjoyed this lesson. Who doesn't love to create a monster!
We began by reading "Where the Wild Things Are." These students come straight from gym, so starting with a story is a great way to settle them down and get focused.
I demonstrated how to draw a monster and then added curly lines, wavy lines, zig zag lines, etc.
I photocopied several pages from the story and placed the images on each table. This is Patty's idea from deep space sparkle and I strongly suggest doing this. It really helped the students to achieve some variation when drawing their monsters. Next, students drew their monsters, added different lines and painted them with tempera cakes.