The Day the Monster Came to School Lesson Plan
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The Day the Monster Came to School Lesson Plan

Establishing rules have never been so scary fun! Students learn about classroom rules with this fun, interactive story & craft project.

Download the story The Day the Monster Came to School here.

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 Elmer’s 5-oz. Clear School Glue, small

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Material List

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks
  • Elmer’s 3D Sparkle Glitter Glue
  • Drawing or writing paper
  • Construction paper or brown paper bags
  • Miscellaneous craft items
 

Project Instructions

Grades: K-2

Lesson Duration: 1-5 Days
Subjects: Social Studies, Reading, Writing
Essential Question(s):

  • What is a boundary?
  • What is a rule?
  • What is an expectation?
  • What happens when we don’t have them?
  • What are consequences and why do we need them?

Objectives:

  • Students will understand the significance of boundaries in life, in particular, classroom/school
  • Students will identify classroom and school boundaries
  • Students will analyze how their choices affect themselves and others
  • Students will be able to clearly identify the classroom/school expectations
  • Students will clearly communicate their role in making the classroom a pleasant place to learn, and interact with others.
  • Students will communicate their needs and expectations of their teacher
     

Materials used:

  • Elmer’s Glue
  • Elmer’s Colored Glue Sticks
  • Elmer’s 3D Sparkle Glitter Glue
  • Chart paper
  • PDF download "The Day the Monster Came to School an interactive story"
  • Drawing or writing paper
  • Construction paper or brown paper bags
  • Miscellaneous craft items
     

Directions:

1. Preview lesson.
2. Preview Appendix A. This is an interactive story where students will add their ideas as the story goes. Student additions to the story can be done orally or on chart paper.

Lesson:


Step 1:  Read the story, The Day the Monster Came to school, from Appendix A and have the students interact by adding in their thoughts and ideas to the indicated sections of the story. Hold suggested discussions mentioned throughout the story with your class.

Step 2:  After the story, hold a class discussion to set classroom boundaries and list of consequences. Though, you will have many ideas on what this will look like, allow your students to take ownership in helping to create the lists. Class boundaries, rules, or expectations (whatever you decide to call them) and the list of consequences should not be lengthy, they should be easily managed and easy to understand. Many classroom teachers summarize their rules around three main categories of self, others and environment. Focus on creating a community, family feel and your students will aim to please their classroom family. Once listed, have students add their “signatures” to the chart, showing their commitment. Your consequences should be consistent with school policies.

Step 3 : After reading the story and establishing rules, have some first day fun and allow students some time to create their own monster from the story The Day the Monster Came to School. Using construction paper, students draw (or trace a provided pre-made template) a monster and cut it out. Next, students use various craft and/or miscellaneous items to turn their monster into an original creation!

Variation: Use brown paper bags to make large monsters. Using each side of a brown paper bag, ask a parent volunteer to cut out enough monsters for each student. Students can use scissors and craft and /or miscellaneous items to make their monster original.

Wrap It Up

  • Display the monsters for all to see!
  • Turn the tables a bit…. Ask the students what expectations they have of you as a teacher…. Brainstorms their lists and ideas and post them in the room.
  • Keep boundaries/rules, and consequence lists posted (at student eye level) all year round. Refer to them often.