Well, the votes are in from around the world: Japan, Taiwan, England, Pakistan and a bunch of the continental United States. Bilbatauri Nussa Chauri (translates as Lady Monster with the Big Nostrils) has been chosen by all kid participants as this year's best monster name. Students ages 4-13 contributed descriptions and worked as classroom teams to sculpt the final product -- now we can all compare. Interesting - everyone had the same set of directions, so now over the next few days we'll see how each classroom interpreted those directions.
Kids have made videos, sent podcasts, written poems and written stories as part of the project. We had veteran teachers and new teachers; kids have connected and I'm hoping for some lasting relationships between classrooms.
Something my kids don't usually get from our projects is the sense of fear - however, with he current events in Pakistan, my class has been quite focused on the safety of their new friends at Discovery Smart School in Karachi. Ms. Elahi, their teacher, assures us that all is well with the children.
From Ms. Elahi's class in Karachi, Pakistan
Tallies and photos of all the Monsters are at http://www.smithclass.org/proj/Monsters/