First grade students were learning about shapes. We talked about the difference between free-form and geometric shapes. After practicing drawing free-form shapes students drew 1 large one on construction paper and cut it out. I didn't tell them what we were going to do with it yet. After the shape was cut out and glued to white paper I read the story, "If you're a Monster and You Know it" by Rebecca Emberley.
There is also a song that you can download and play. The kids had fun singing and acting the book out.
The next class we turned our free form shapes into monsters. We brainstormed all kinds of details that could be added. We used pencil and sharpie for this part. Finally, we added color with construction paper crayons. Here is a link to some other monster books for kids.
Look at the fun and creative monsters we came up with!