In today’s world it is important to have a global perspective. We just finished up our Global Monster Project in 5th grade language arts.
The students created monsters and drew them on paper. The students then wrote detailed descriptions of their monsters that were so detailed that other students, perhaps in another state or county, would be able to exactly replicate the monster by using the description alone. While we worked on our monsters, students in classrooms in Virginia and Shanghai, China were doing the same.
Once all of the classes were done with the descriptions, we used google docs to trade our work. The students had so much fun reading the directions sent to us from the other students. It was also challenging to figure out exactly what the directions stated in order to recreate the monsters. Once all of the drawings were complete, we were able to trade with the schools we partnered with and compare drawings. The students had so much fun looking at how accurate their drawings were and how precise their directions had been. We also connected with the other schools using FlipGrid, a video sharing app. This allowed the students to get a glimpse into the classrooms we had been working with.
This project was a great way for students to work on one of our Habits of Mind: Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision. This project led the students to be clear and precise in their writing as they had to communicate with students they would never meet.
By: Mrs. Keelie Knego, 5th Grade