Earlier this year, IST Grade 2 students in Mr. McKillip’s class connected with Grade 2 students at SCIS in Shanghai, China via Skype. Students exchanged questions and comments about their life in Shanghai and in Dar es Salaam. After getting to know each other a bit, we decided to do a collaborative project called the Monster Exchange.
Monster Exchange is a project that supports the development of reading and writing skills by integration of technology. How does it work? Classrooms worldwide have paired together to complete this project. Monster Exchange requires each student to design an original picture of a monster. The students then write a description of the monster. The partnered classes then exchange their descriptions via e-mail and the Internet. These students are then challenged to use reading comprehension skills to read the descriptions and translate them into a monster picture. The true challenge involves creating a redrawn picture as close to the original picture as possible without looking at the original and using only the written description of the monster.
Here are the pictures and descriptions from our partners in Shanghai. Ms. Monwei’s class at SCIS only has ten students so many of our students doubled up to re-create the same image. You can see our project below and you can visit the Monster Exchange website to see our work as well.