Recently, Barrow County School System teachers were invited to participate in the first Monster Hangout, which culminated in thirty separate video conferences involving over forty teachers and their classes between October 27th and Halloween Day.
What is a Monster Hangout and how did this work? After teachers signed up and found a partner teacher, each class created their own original monster drawing, digital drawing or 3-D model. Once the monsters were completed, each class wrote a detailed description of their monster, which was sent to their partner class without a picture. The partner class was then tasked with attempting to recreate the monster based only on the description they were given. Then, in a Google Hangout, the two classes met and revealed the monsters they created, based on the descriptions. The original monsters were finally revealed and the comparison between monsters began!
The best part of the video conferences was watching the student reactions and listening to the conversations after the big reveal. How close did the other class come to recreating their original monster? What were the differences and similarities? What problems did they have? It was a great lesson for everyone in descriptive writing, and the biggest takeaway was that they needed to add more details! There will definitely be a 2nd Annual BCSS Monster Hangout next year.
See the Monsters
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Special Note: On Thanksgiving morning, members of the Apalachee Marching Cats participated in the nationally televised McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Go Cats! See picture.