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Monster Match and Other Halloween Themed VCs

This has been a Halloween themed week of videoconferences. It was our first busy week since October state testing ended. Here are the programs we enjoyed:

Monster Match


This monster's name is "The Blob."

09-10-30blob2We had 21 classes participate in Monster Match with Region 12, and 1 class do Monster Exchange with Dallas ISD. Be sure to read more about how Region 12 runs Monster Match here, here, and here. There are other methods of doing this project – see Dallas ISD and Humble ISD‘s pages. I noticed a lot of Monster Match copycat projects in CAPspace too.

Scary Art

We have an 8th/9th grade art teacher that annually participates in Scary Art with Arielle at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Paintings not for the faint of heart! The class that participated this year was a drawing/painting class and the program fit well with their studies.

Dia de los Muertos

A 6th grade Spanish class (teacher was a Jazz 09 grad) had 3 classes participate in the new Dia de los Muertos program with the Cleveland Museum of Art. It’s a “special request” program not even on their listing. The presentation could have been in all Spanish, but ours students weren’t ready for that. So we had partial Spanish, mostly English. The program includes an art project making a skeleton. Students really enjoyed it and learned all about the celebration.

Boo! I’m a Bat!

A preschool class connected to the Cleveland Zoo for their Boo I’m a Bat presentation, led by an educator in a witch costume. Students learned all about bats.

Day of the Dead

Tommy Bearden invited my schools to participate with his national audiences for a Day of the Dead all day celebration. I wasn’t able to get anyone to sign up soon enough to actually present, but I have 5 high schools connected all day with Spanish classes rotating in and out watching throughout the day.

halloweenslimetimeHalloween Slime Time

Finally, I have a first grade class that every year participates in Halloween Slime Time on the states of matter with the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum. This is a great program with hands-on experiments for each pair of students. Highly interactive and visually appealing!


Next week we move into our ASK programs with ASK Specialist: Stellaluna, interviewing bat experts at Cranbrook.

So have you done any of these VCs or similar ones? Please share and comment on your experience/recommendations…

MoNSteR MaTcH Day 1

Today is our first day of MoNSteR MaTcH 2009 with Region 12. I have 22 classes participating this year. The H1N1 virus has already made us reschedule two of the conferences, but we’re rolling with the punches!


Classes zoom in to share and compare their venn diagrams.

This year, Roxanne added a Venn Diagram procedure for comparing similarities and differences between the classes. I’ve noticed that the schools are also muting to consider the differences, which gets more students thinking about what is the same and different. The quality and length of comparing is much higher this year as well. I think this addition has strengthened the thinking/learning quality of Monster Match.

Here are some of the pairs from the connections today. These pairs are done by two fourth grade classes:

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These pairs are done by two fifth grade classes:



One of the classes created a little decorated paper curtain to hold in front of their monster until it was time to reveal:


These last pictures are from a 1st grade / 2nd grade pair.



What a great day of learning and sharing! Three more days of Monster Matches to go!