- Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley
- Craft Foam in assorted colors, including green, blue, black, white, yellow, and purple
- large envelopes
- oak tag or thin cardboard
Set Up and PrepareUsing the book as a guide, cut out oak tag templates of the various monster facial features. You will need multiple sets of the templates if you plan on working with more than one student at a time.
When creating templates for students to trace, I like to use the cardboard from the back of pads of chart paper. It's thin enough for students to manipulate, but sturdy enough to last.
Pass out envelopes and have students label them with their names.
Pass out templates and Craft Foam. Have students trace the templates on the corresponding colored Craft Foam. (For example, yellow, black, and white circles from the eye templates, purple from the hair templates, etc.)
After students have traced all of the monster parts, have them cut them out. Use pencils to write initials on the back of the pieces. This will help identify the owners, if students mix them up. It's also helpful to have them store the pieces in the envelope as they cut them out.
Now they're ready to retell the story using their monster pieces. When they're done, they can store the pieces in their envelopes.
Supporting All Learners
With young students, it's helpful to have them work in pairs. While one student holds the template in place, the other student can trace it.
Try a similar project with Glad Monster, Sad Monster, by Ed Emberley and Anne Miranda.
Ed Emberley's Big Red Drawing Book, Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book, and Picture Pie: A Circle Drawing Book are just a few of Emberley's classics.