I wanted to share a fun activity we did yesterday for writing! It is included in my I Need My Monster TPT Unit! After reading the book, I drew a monster, but didn't show my kids. Then I wrote a description of him and read it to my students. They drew the monster as I read them the description:
My name is Melvin. I am a green monster. My body is oval-shaped like a potato and covered with warts. I look out from under your bed with my one blue eye, right in the middle of my head. You'll hear me breathing with my big mouth, but I hope you don't laugh because I only have five teeth: 3 on top and 2 on the bottom. It's because I can't brush my teeth! My stubby arms won't reach, and I can hardly pick up a toothbrush with my fat fingers. I run around on four feet, and sometimes I trip on my long lizard-like tail!
Here was my monster...
We talked about the things I could have described better, like the shape of the teeth and legs and shoes... and then they got to work on their own.