We just finished up the Letter M for our letter of the week. I typically teach my mice unit during this week as well. However, since this unit is typically taught during the first week of October, I also take the opportunity to do some fun monster activties as well!
This is one of my favorite books to read-aloud during October:
Here are some great lessons/activities that I have found on the web to accompany this book:
Ed Emberly’s Website (author of Big Green Monster) has a few adorable printables: Monster Coloring Pages
Kizclub.com has some wonderful storytelling pieces that you can use to accompany this book: Monster Story Patterns Color
Check out this Teachers Net discussion regarding this adorable book–there are some very cute ideas: Big Green Monster Ideas
Making Learning Fun also has a Monster Theme page, with lots of great printables: Big Green Monster Theme Page
Super Simple Songs has a page that features their adorable song, “Go Away!”: Go Away Song Activities
Here is a YouTube video of this song (note: there are parts of the song that are a little scary to me, so I probably wouldn’t use this video with my class, but of course that depends on your students, so I thought that I would share it with you):
Check out Virtual Vine’s Monster Unit page–there are lots of very cute ideas here: Monster Unit
Update (10/10/08): Yesterday, I was shopping at Target and they had the most adorable monster items in their dollar spot! Here is a picture:
The above picture is a set of six monster stamps and a green monster puppet. I plan on using the stamps for counting activities. These items were only a dollar each!
Here are some activities that I created to go with the adorable little monster stamps above, you could also use monster clipart or have students draw monsters to complete the pages:
Check out these adorable ideas on the A to Z Teacher Stuff message board: Where the Wild Things Are Ideas
Here is an idea for creating Wild Thing masks: Wild Thing Mask Lesson Plan
Here is a lesson plan to use with this book from the Lesson Plans Page: Where the Wild Things Are Lesson Plan k-2