First graders learned how glyphs, like the hieroglyphics of the ancient Egyptians or the petroglyphs of early Native Americans, are symbols that convey information without words. After we looked at examples of these, I gave each class the following guidelines...
Body (choose your favorite color)
If your hair is black, make a square body.
If your hair is brown, make a triangle body.
If your hair is blond, make a circle body.
If your hair is red, make an oval body.
If you’re a boy, make one eye.
If you’re a girl, make three eyes.
How many years old you are? Give your monster that many pieces of hair.
What’s your favorite subject in school? Choose One.
How many pets are in your house?
1 pet…rectangle mouth
2 pets…oval mouth
More than 2 pets…semi-circle mouth
...and let them get to work with scissors, glue, and construction paper. I love the variety of monsters they created. Hopefully, I can convince the first grade teachers to display them together in the 300 building!