Monster Exchange Project
What Is The Monster Exchange?
Monster Exchange is designed to encourage the development of reading and writing skills while integrating technology into the classroom curriculum. Two classrooms are paired together. The students in each classroom are split into groups of about 3, each of which designs an original picture of a monster. Students use Tuxpaint to create their monster, reviewing shapes such as rectangles, ovals, octagons, etc.
The students must then write a description of the monster. Students are provided a lesson about adjectives and descriptive words and are encouraged to be as specific as possible.
The partnered classes then exchange just their descriptions with a group from the other class. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster.