Teacher creatures are words made from the subjects taught in the year, or a specific topic in science such as animals, or even student names. The idea is to design, using tracing and imagination, a handwritten word into a creature such that the person viewing it cannot tell what word or name it was made from. Teachers can draw the original words in their own handwriting using a black marker. The creature is made by tracing a mirror image of the name onto the other side of the paper. By adding lines and color to the mirrored image a creature is formed.
- 8 1/2 x 11 in white paper
- black Sharpie marker
- colored markers
- imagination & creativity
Teachers prepare ahead of time, a list of words involved with their unit such as animals in a science unit. They fold the paper lengthwise and handwrite each word on the fold using a black Sharpie marker. The word is held up against a window and traced onto the other half of the paper, using a pencil. Letters with loops in them such as g, j, p and y, will have only the loop then held against the window, so the loop can be traced with pencil onto the other side of the paper.
Next, go over the pencil lines with the same black marker to smooth them out. Be as accurate as possible. Now turn the paper vertical and begin coloring in details for a creature. These may include eyes or eye, wings, antennae, arms, legs, tails, etc. Note that although the creature is symmetrical, the additions do not have to be on both sides of the creature.
Fill in with many colors, patterns and lines possible to make it look like a creature. You can add clothes or accessories such as fingernails, rings, purses, shoes, flames, whiskers, eyelashes, eye makeup, hats, hair, etc.
Display the creatures vertically so that it is not easy to distinguish the word in the creature. Use the creature nearby a photo of the original creature, or in its natural habitat.