Project Based Learning Activity: Monster Squad
This project integrates elements of collaboration, design, and planning as students create their own Monster Squad. Students will use their imagination and skills to solve problems when their town is overrun with monsters. It includes assembling a team, planning for an invasion, investigating situations, writing prompts, comic book design, building a diorama, and other scary-fun activities.
There are over 20 activities (most are 1 page each) for students to complete. Each page involves an issue or topic they must solve, design, create, or research.
8 Title Page
Students learn that monsters have taken over their town.
10-13 Build Your Team
Students build their four person team using classmates.
Students create a one-page newspaper article about the monsters invading town.
Students answer vocabulary terms by writing or drawing the term.
Students write why monsters would need specific adaptations.
18-22 I Know My Monsters
Students create information on some of the monsters that are invading. They also create their own monster.
23-30 Monster Squad, Assemble
Checklist to follow for assembling the team. Also includes seven tasks for students to follow
24 Supply List
Students develop a list of supplies they’ll need.
25 Tool Belt
Students design and draw the perfect tool belt.
26 Home Base
Students pick four items they need for their home base and why they need them.
27 Classifying Monsters
Students read about the three types of monsters.
28 My First Monster
Students write a short story about the first time they caught a monster.
29 Monsters Love Candy
Students learn that monsters are obsessed with all kinds of candy.
30 High Impact Locations
Students have been following the monsters around town and have figured out where they like to stay and hide out.
31-38 Squad Vs Monsters
Students will use this checklist with seven tasks as they try and defeat the monster invasion.
Students use social media to spot the monsters as they move toward the school.
Students use their map and knowledge of their school to identify where and how the monsters will most likely try to get in.
34 Almost In
Students determine how and where the monsters will invade school.
35 Setting a Trap
Students create a trap to catch a monster, much like the game Mousetrap.
36 The other Side
Students write a short story from the perspective of the monster.
37 Monster Wrangling
Students write step-by-step instructions for catching a CODE RED monster.
38 All Clear
Students assess the monsters caught and damage done at school.
39-42 The End?
There’s still a lot of unanswered questions for a lot of people. Students will create a 2-3 page comic book that answer the question (or creates more).
Students can create a diorama from any part of this project.
47-53 Diorama Projectible
Use these pages to show students how to create their own diorama. Included are some photos, tips, and a supply list to help students create their own.
53-56 Alternate: Build team
This is an alternate choice for pages 10-13 if kids are working in a group.
As students work through each page, they will make their own decisions and choose the outcomes based on information they learn. By the end, all students will have completed the project, but each version will be based on the creator’s imagination, creativity, and knowledge base.
All pages can be geared towards multiple grade levels, although for some younger students the teacher may need to give more explicit instructions.
Students may choose to use multiple resources to complete each page. They might even choose to work with a partner, but you get final say on that.
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