Friday, July 25, 2014

Monster Mediums - Oil Pastel

This is DücDüc is from Vietnam, but has lived in America for three years.  He is very proud of the meaning of his name. Düc means moral or good. He lives by this every day. He is a kind friend. He listens well. And he always encourages his friends. One thing that is hard for Düc is that he cannot hold still. He has a hard time sitting for long periods of time. As long as he can be moving, he is happy and fun-loving. Düc is in fifth grade and his favorite thing to do by far is plan the playground. He can do things that other kids camp. He can cross the monkey bars, fly off from the swings, and jump from platform to platform with ease.


Can you guess what medium Düc is?

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Monster Medium - Paper


This is Dottie.  Dottie is the youngest monster on the Monster Medium wall. She is three years old. She loves to color. She colors on paper, books, on the wall, on her bed, even on her dads pants. Another favorite thing of Dottie's  is animals. She loves dogs, cats, hamsters, fish... well any kind of animal. Dottie is so cute that everyone wants to hold her. She loves the attention.  Dottie's favorite food is spinach. She also likes to eat cauliflower.  

Can you guess what Dottie's medium is?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Monster Mediums- Ink


This is Edward Hopmaster.  Edward is a very advanced architect. He designs homes for monsters all over the world. He gets his inspiration from nature. The rich and famous monsters of the world live in the buildings he has created.  On the weekend Edward enjoys going fishing. He loves going out on the lake with his little boat and fishing from morning till night. Edward has two pet cockroaches. Their names are pepper and salt. He feeds them only candy. He thinks this makes them so sweet.

Can you guess Edwards medium?

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Monster Mediums- Acrylic Paint


This is Granny. Granny is 103 years old. She is very proud of her age. She lives a very active life. Some of the things that Granny likes to do and her spare time is ride her longboard, skydive, go to rock 'n roll concerts, and karate.  You can find her every Tuesday morning at the monster café eating her favorite breakfast. She loves to have a chocolate milkshake, two scrambled eggs, and three pieces of French toast.

Can you guess Granny's medium?

Friday, July 18, 2014

Monster Mediums - Crayons

have been trying for many years to get my students to use the word medium correctly.  I have tried this in elementary and in middle school. In both settings students continue to ask, "What do you mean when you say medium?" So this year in my room I'm going to have 'monster mediums' on the wall. These monster mediums will highlight each medium that is used in the classroom. I will have each artwork labeled as if it was in a museum. This way students will not only learn what the word media means but I'm hoping they will be able to understand how to read the label in a museum better.

My plan is to introduce each Monster to my students throughout the first couple weeks of school.  I plan to show them that image of each monster at the beginning of class and we will discuss the medium that the monster is made out of. I'm hoping this will form a routine for my students as they enter my classroom and possibly a fun and exciting game for them.

The next several posts will be me introducing the monster.  Let's get started with my first introduction.





This is Kray.  Kray is always worried about something. The top three things Kray worries about is what he will eat for lunch, who he will play with on the playground, and what book he will pick for bedtime. Kray is 8 1/2 years old.  He's really good in P.E. class and his favorite thing to do at home is Knit sweaters. He has eight older brothers and one younger sister. He shares a room with all of his brothers, and his sister gets her own room. Kray likes sharing a room because he feels safe with this brothers in the room.