Upon arriving in the art space, students put some blue and green “dabs” of paint on one side of piece of white art paper. They fold the paper and rub creating a green “blob.” This becomes the body of the monster they will create later in the session.
While the painted paper is drying, the book, Go Away Big Green Monsters, is read to the students without showing them the illustrations. As the book is read, students choose the correct colors and draw what they think the monster looks like relying only on the descriptive words that are being read aloud. This drawing becomes the “map” they will use for their final “Big Green Monster.”
After the book us read once and the pictures are shown, students compare their drawings with the illustrations in the book. Teacher demonstrates some ways to cut the scraps of colored paper to glue on the green folded paper paintings (the body of the monster) the students created at the beginning of the lesson.
This lesson can be finished in a one hour session but if possible it would be helpful to have the painted folded art dry and finished before starting with the reading.
Students can discuss and compare the details on their maps with the details they used after they saw the illustrations and completed their final projects. Students could also show their work and compare the differences between their final monsters.