I Need My Monster
Written by Amanda Noll
Illustrated by Howard McWilliam
Activity Guide / Lessons Plan by Donna O'Donnell Figurski
TEACHER TALK

MY MONSTER- Made to Order: Language Arts/Art

Have children design their own monsters. They can be scary or sweet. Ask the children to think about what their monster will
look like.

•    Give each child the worksheet below and have him or her fill in the answers to
describe his or her monster.
•    Next have each child write a short paragraph using the descriptive answers he or
she wrote on his or her worksheet.
•    Last have the each child draw a picture of his or her monster. (Encourage the
children to use as many descriptions as they can.)

List of possible questions: (Add as many more as you like.)

What is your monster’s name?                          ____________
How old is your monster?                                 ____________
What color is your monster?                             ____________
How big/little is your monster?                          ____________
How many arms does your monster have?       ____________
How many eyes does your monster have?        ____________
How many legs does your monster have?         ____________
What does your monster like to eat?                 ____________
What does your monster like to drink?              ____________
Is your monster scary or sweet?                       ____________
Where does your monster live?                         ____________
What kind of hair does your monster have?       ____________

Example of possible paragraph:
My monster’s name is Huggy. She is purple with green stripes and yellow dots. Huggy has pink hair. She has three arms, five
legs, and only four eyes. She likes to eat sunflowers and pickles under my bed.


Whose Monster is Whose: Language Arts

Post the monster pictures that the children drew in the above lesson on the wall or on a bulletin board. Then have each child
bring his paragraph to the circle-meeting group. Have each child take a turn reading his or her paragraph to the group while the
other children try to guess whose monster is whose.


SUGGESTED WEBSITES:
(Although I examined these websites and found them to be very helpful, please use them at your own discretion.)

Build a Monster     
Preschool Education Music & Songs: Monsters       
ZOOM There’s No Such Thing as Monsters PBS Kids      

SUGGESTED BOOKS:

Clyde Monster by Robert L. Crowe, illustrated by Kay Chorao
Monster Musical Chairs written by Stuart J. Murphy, illustrated by Scott Nash
The Very Worst Monster written and illustrated by Pat Hutchins
Monster Math written by Anne Miranda, illustrated by Polly Powell
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