So they laughed at some of my jokes.
How do you greet a two-headed monster?
Hello. And Hello.
So I gave my monster talk today. About fifteen 2nd and 3rd graders. I came plenty prepared. Lots of pictures. An activity. A word search. Jokes interspersed. And a bag of lollipops.
Thoughts. An hour is a long time for 2nd and 3rd graders. Pictures are great. Asking questions is great. I had lots of talkative kids. Some were WAY into monsters. Others not so much. But overall, the multitude of Scooby Doo photos was a hit.
I went over the basics. What is a monster? What are types of monsters? Where do we get inspiration for monsters? Create a monster.
But my personal favorite was "Give your monster a catch phrase."
Vampire? "I want to suck your blood."
Headless Horseman? "I need a head."
I had fun hearing the kid's catch phrases for their monsters. And what is a catch phrase anyway but motivation. Why does your monster exist?
I also tried to get them to think about "monster flare." Where does your monster live? What clothes does he wear? Does he like to dance?
My final thought - Relate everything to Scooby Doo and Harry Potter and everything will be fine.