"Go Away Big Green Monster" by Ed Emberley is a fabulous book for working on a variety of skills. This book teaches adjectives, sequencing, and fears. Adjectives can be challenging to teach for many kids and this book opens up doors for using better words with more description while writing. Here are a few activities I have enjoyed doing with this book. With my preschool kids they help me sequence the monster by putting him together and taking him apart. Then they created their own monsters in Playdough. As they created their monsters they said my monster has 3 little eyes, 8 long legs, a small mouth, and more. This helped them to describe what they were making. By making their monster in playdough they were able to work on fine motor and sensory skills as well.
|Go Away Big Green Monster - playdough|
My older students I have them, either write or draw a monster using great describing words or lots of detail in the drawing. Then they get with a buddy and tell their buddy what their monster looks like. The student draws the monster step by step without looking at the picture. This helps the kids truly understand how important it is to be specific. In the end it is interesting to see how similar the two pictures are to one another.
|Monster in Playdough|