Critters can be created in a variety of ways. One way is to have each student in Class #1 write a description and each student in Class #2 create a critter. Since it's not always easy to match descriptions with pictures, a better way is to have students work in small groups of 2-3. This reduces the number of files to exchange electronically. You may also want to try having both classes write descriptions and create graphics.
This project can be easily conducted across grade levels. For example, junior high students can write descriptions and elementary students can draw graphics by hand or use a computer graphics program.
Unless hand-drawn pictures can be scanned, they can be sent via postal mail. While this may slow the project down, it is very workable.
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Estimated Time Required
Student Learning Objectives
Class # 1
First, tell what the head looks like. How big is it? Describe the shape, color, size and appearance of hair, ears, horns, eyes, mouths, noses, and so on. Maybe your creature has more than one, describe each.
Second, tell what the body looks like. What is the shape, size, and color?
Third, tell what the legs looks like. How many are there? Are they hairy, scaly, smooth, or shiny. Are they long or short?
Finally, go back and read your description. Do you think someone could draw your creature by reading your description? Would two different people draw a critter that looked pretty much the same from your description? If so, then the only thing you have left is go back and make sure all the spelling and punctuation are correct.
When you have drawn your critter so that it matches the description, print it out and attach it to the description. Send a copy to Class #1.
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