No Series: Monster Match: Using Art To Improve Writing

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing
  • 3:  3rd Grade
  • 6:  With guidance and support from adults, use technology to produce and publish writing (using keyboarding skills) as well as to interact and collaborate with others.

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Common core State Standards

  • ELA:  English Language Arts
  • W:  Writing
  • 3:  3rd Grade
  • 4:  With guidance and support from adults, produce writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task and purpose.

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Monster Match: Using Art To Improve Writing

Lesson Objective: Explore and evaluate use of adjectives in descriptive writing
Grade 3 / ELA / Descriptive Writing
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Discussion and Supporting Materials

Thought starters

  1. How are students asked to evaluate their descriptive paragraphs?
  2. Why is Angela's discussion with students after the lesson so important?
  3. In what ways does video conferencing extend the learning experience for students?

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  • Private message to Paulina Cantu
Excellent presentation. It is very well planned. I like it very much!
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  • Private message to Carol Rigsbee
This sounds like a great project but I'm wondering about the length. How long does it take for every student, in each class, to share their writing and for the other class to draw it?
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  • Private message to Andrea Wooten
What a great activity! Can't wait to try it.
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  • Private message to Gina Becthold
This is such a wonderful idea! I can't wait until I can try this with my class next year.
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  • Private message to Felicia Dotson
Can't wait to try this!!! Awesome activity.
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  • Great Lesson Ideas – Monster Match
    With Angela Montgomery & Stacey Hoover

    Angela: [00:00:08] Hello, my name is Angela Montgomery. I

    Great Lesson Ideas – Monster Match
    With Angela Montgomery & Stacey Hoover

    Angela: [00:00:08] Hello, my name is Angela Montgomery. I teach third grade at Lee Road Junior High School in Covington, Louisiana. The lesson I’m going to share with you today is Monster Match. [00:00:17]

    Stacey: [00:00:22] Hi, my name is Stacey Hoover. I’m the technology teacher facilitation at Lee Road Junior High School. Monster Match is an ELA lesson where we work on descriptive writing. Each student draws a monster and then they write a descriptive paragraph of their monster. [00:00:38]

    Angela: [00:00:39] Once they have a paragraph written, we get together with another class, using the video conference. They read their descriptions without showing the picture and hopefully the students on the other end can draw the same picture using the descriptions. [00:00:53]

    Stacey: [00:00:55] Our students are going to draw it also so they can get the experience of let’s see how close they can be. [00:01:01]

    Child: [00:01:02] My monster has three heads. The first is round with billy goat horns. [00:01:09]

    Stacey: [00:01:09] the first is round with billy goat horns. [00:01:11]

    [00:01:12] But when somebody has to draw it based on their description, they see the importance of adding those details. [00:01:18]

    Child: [00:01:18] The second head looks like a duck’s head with teeth. [00:01:24]

    Angela: [00:01:24] The second head looks like a duck’s head with teeth. [00:01:26]

    Stacey: [00:01:28] When they realize, oh I should have said this or I could have added that, or this would make my paragraph better, they’re becoming better writers. [00:01:36]

    Child: [00:01:37] My monster has nine legs. [00:01:39]

    [00:01:44] My monster’s horns have polka dots on it. [00:01:46]

    Angela: [00:01:47] This is a good way to learn to use adjectives and descriptors because they’re learning from what they’ve drawn, and they’re trying to describe it to somebody else. Now they’ve learned that it takes more details in than they thought it would take. [00:01:59]

    Child: [00:02:00] My monster has a little body. [00:02:02]

    Angela: [00:02:03] My monster has a little body. [00:02:05]

    Child: [00:02:06] His arms are in the air. [00:02:09]

    Angela: [00:02:09] He has little feet and his arms are in the air. [00:02:11]

    [00:02:12] The students like to use video conferencing because they get to meet another class. They can teach that other class something, and sometimes the other class can turn around and teach them something too. They learned where they made their mistakes or what they did right for the other class to see their monster. [00:02:30]

    Stacey: [00:02:31] I’m going to switch to the document camera to show you all so that you get to see it nice and big, and I’m not trying to zoom in with camera. [00:02:38]

    [00:02:43] So quite of you were close, so ya’ll think that he did a good job describing his monster? [00:02:50]

    [00:02:55] The students love to video conference because they enjoy getting to meet new people. The enjoy going places that they never would get to go. [00:03:02]

    Angela: [00:03:05] Ya’ll did a good job. I have a question. Which one was the easiest to follow the description? [00:03:11]

    [00:03:35] Thank you for helping us out today. Bye bye, thank you. [00:03:38]

    Child: [00:03:38] Bye. [00:03:39]

    Stacey: [00:03:43] Okay guys, after we’ve done this exercise, do you see the importance of adding details in your paragraphs? As they draw them, would more details have made it easier for you? What’s something that you learned today? [00:04:00]

    Child: [00:04:00] You always need to add details. [00:04:02]

    Stacey: [00:04:03] Always need to add details, how important they are, huh. [00:04:05]

    Child: [00:04:06] And I learned that you have to put it in a certain order because it’s harder. [00:04:09]

    Angela: [00:04:10] Good job. [00:04:10]

    Stacey: [00:04:10] Very good. [00:04:11]

    [00:04:11] With this lesson, we will we provide a lesson plan with an outline of the Monster Match lesson, with a sample agenda, and I will also give you a link to my wiki where I have a wealth of resources on finding content providers and collaborative classes for video conferencing. [00:04:27]

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Lee Road Junior High School
79131 Highway 40
Covington LA 70435
Population: 785

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