Frankenstein vocabulary

Posted by Kara Parker on February 20, 2012 in Doctor/Sick/Body, Vocabulary Building

I’m experimenting with new ways to take vocabulary notes. I don’t mind giving them a list, but that puts all the work on me. I love the idea of creating picture dictionaries; however, I have some students that are not fond of trying to be an artist. So I’ve tried letting them cut out pictures or use clip art. Then I saw “Frankenstein” when I was observing my fabulous KTIP teacher Kim!


The students make a PG-rated (yes, you need to remind them of this) Frankenstein by cutting out different body parts from magazines and put them together. Then they label the parts using a picture dictionary or the vocab page in the textbook. I actually left this as a sub plan and the students were so proud of them. The sub said she enjoyed the day too. 🙂 99% completed the sub work that day.

Now I’m thinking, what else can they “Frankenstein”? An ugly outfit? What’s in Frankenstein’s backpack? Or Beyonce’s purse? What activities would Justin Bieber do? What does Jack Black’s room look like? What stores and fun things would your own personal island have on it? Could this be tied into a quick lesson on Picasso and cubism?


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5 comments for “Frankenstein vocabulary”

  1. rachel573 says:

    I did this activity with my Level 2 students for body parts and they had a great time. I agree with Kara, you need to remind them to be PG or G-rated. When they finished them, they were really proud of them and wanted me to show all of them to the whole class. Some of them were really creepy but the students had fun so that is all that matters.

  2. Rebecca Tice says:

    I have done this for years and always posted the results in the room. Last year I created a NearPod presentation exposing students to the styles of Picasso (cubism), Dali and Miro (not my idea originally). We reviewed body parts, talked about who was in the pictures, they gave feedback and voted for their favorite paintings. They then had to create a collage based on one of those three. Most students went for the cubist representation but I received some wonderfully Creative and different collages as well.

  3. Carissa says:

    What magazines do you use for this and similar activities that are G/PG? I have a hard time being able to just grab magazines from recycling without feeling like I need to preview the entire thing… (Teaching at a small, private school if it isn’t obvious!) Thanks

    1. Kara Parker says:

      I’ve used a little of anything I can gather from friends, other teachers and family. I’d suggest to avoid Glamour, Seventeen and others that give “personal” advice. Even outdoor, sports and science magazines work for this. Ask your students to bring one or two in from home too! That’s how I got a good variety.

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