Monster Match: Classes collaborate with schools across the state for project

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First and second graders at Fonda-Fultonville Elementary School recently participated in a monster-making learning activity. It connected them to peers from schools across the state, strengthening students’ communication and teamwork skills as they got in the Halloween spirit.

The Monster Match project enabled students in Rita Garguilo’s second grade class and Marci Carey’s first grade class to work with students in Phoenix and Honeoye Falls respectively. Each class made a monster out of craft materials and household products, and created directions required to assemble it. Their friends from the other school then had to re-create the monster using the directions provided.

After they were done making their monsters, students connected with their Monster Match school through a video conference. They took turns talking about the similarities and differences in their monsters. Students also asked questions about their school day, what their school colors and school mascots are, and what specials they have. Garguilo said her students were amazed that the Phoenix students did not have a swimming pool.