Friday, June 24, 2011

Monster Themed Classrooms

You may want to consider participating in The Monster Project.

This may be a bit over the top, but IMHO, what fun is a theme if it’s not over the top? If I were doing the monster theme I would play off the whole “monsters under the bed” concept. Of course, I teach 3rd and could do this without traumatizing a child. If you are in K you may want to analyze the idea. :) I would get a twin sized bed for the classroom reading or class meeting area and rotate who gets to sit on it. Make it up to look like a bed and line the bottom (just underneath) with easy-to-make ugly dolls which look like monsters.

I would also print out the cover to “There’s a Nightmare in my Closet” by Mercer Meyer and hang it on my closet door and create giant monster hands coming out of the closet. Again, analyze if this idea would be “so stinking cute” or “absolutely terrifying” to your specific class/grade level.

A “Monster”ous Welcome to ______ Grade
Furry Friends
____Grade...It’s Where the Wild Things Are

Growling Good Work
BOOtiful Work
Scream-Worthy Work

Don’t let reading Scare You!
Be a Monster Reader
Wild About _______
Do the Monster Math

Happy “BOO”thday

-Colorful, furry fabric

-Use solid color borders and attach googly eyes
-Cut out monster shaped footprints to staple around the board

Lunch Count/Snack Center = Monster Munchies
Scholastic details a cute 3D monster in a jar/bottle idea that you could do as a class project and then use as part of your classroom display.

Carson Dellosa (one of my favorite companies for classroom cuteness) has an adorable monster line available. Check it out.

The source of this picture also has a cute rules activity that goes with it:

I stumbled upon this youtube video of the Monster bulletin board sets and accents by Trend. I included it because it really showcases the cuteness far better than a picture would do.

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  1. ohmy...I love the giant monster feet on the bulletin board!!
    First Grade Blue SKiES

  2. This post made me think of a FABULOUS book. Both my students and I loved reading it. It is called "I Need My Monster" by Amanda Noll and Illustrated by Howard McWillam. The illustrations are wonderful!

    Ms. M
    Ms.M's Blog
    A Teacher's Plan

  3. Are you going to be making a "monster package" with nametags, etc. like you made for some of the other themes?

  4. I popped over to thank you for sending readers to my blog and I stumble into your monster-ific theme ideas.

    Of course this is tooting my own horn, but I have a song entitled "Creepy Monsters" that is such a hit with children. It's on my fourth CD. I use it all the time at library concerts when there's a mixed age groups and lots of daddys in the audience. The dads get to use their low voices on the recurring lyric: 'creeeeeeeeepy monsters'. Every single time I see daddys snuggle up and squeeze their kiddos whether preK or 3rd grade!

    But back to the gratitude. Thanks again for linking me to a bigger world.


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