I originally posted a link to Clown and Poodle's lesson on the Purple People Eater.
That is the lesson I chose to leave for my sub yesterday.
Here is how I prepped. Since all my classes were going to do the same lesson, I taped the visuals in the front of the room. Some of these are ideas I copied directly from her original post.
In this lesson, the students glue a googly eye on the paper. I did this the day before my sub came as to save her the hassle of dealing with the thick craft glue. When the students received their work paper, it had a googly eye glued on it already.
Here are a couple of the finished pieces done by second graders:
Tell the students that today they will be inventing a new silly monster all on their own. It will look like no one else’s!
Read these lyrics with a lot of fun in your voice:
This is called the One Eyed, One Horned, Flying Purple People Eater.
Show the students a paper that has one eye glued to it. Tell them that they will invent their own one-eyed monster using this paper.
Show them the sample monsters that I have drawn.
Ask them how many eyes their monster should have. <There is one eye glued on the paper, but they can draw more if they want.>
Ask them what else their silly monster should have. (Wings? Legs? Toes? Teeth? What else?)
Show them the charts on the SmartBoard and tell them that they may use some of the ideas there, but they don’t have to. They can invent whatever they want.
Show them the paper that has one eye glued on it. (They’re in the cardboard box under the SmartBoard.) Tell them that they will use that as their monster’s eye. They use the Sharpie to draw around it. They add the rest of the head, the body and what ever else they want.
Show the drawings of the two monsters. Point out that they have things in their hands. What will they put in their monster’s hands?
Will their monster be scaly? Will it be hairy? Bumpy? Rough?
Have the students go to the tables you assign them. (Send four to red…four to yellow…four to blue….four to green…..etc.)
After they are seated, tell them to look at their seat number. Tell them that person #1 should stand up. If there is no #1, choose #2 for that team…or #3 of need be. That person will be the team helper.
Hold all the papers. Have the helpers line up in front of you and tell you how many sheets they need for their team.
The helper should come back and get Sharpies for their team.
The helper should come get a box of crayons for their team.
Everyone should draw their monsters. Remind them that they can draw them however they like, however if they need help, they can get ideas from the charts on the SmartBoard.
If lots of children finish before the end of class time, call them all up front with their drawings. You can collect the drawings and show each one. The children can clap for each other. Remind them that it should be clapping only and that we clap for every child.
If there is still time at the end of class you can read the book “Glad Monster Sad Monster.” I will put that up front with the other supplies.
Helpers should return Sharpies and crayons to the front of the room.
The children should take their art work with them.
Please give me feedback about how the lesson went.
*********If you like that lesson, you might also like this one from my shop on TeachersPayTeachers.