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Go Away Big Green Monster Unit Study

Updated on August 23, 2017

Go Away Big Green Monster

Reading about Monsters
Reading about Monsters | Source

Let's Read: Go Away, Big Green Monster!

Go Away,Big Green Monster! is a book of cut-out pages that page by page reveal a monster and then page by page make it disappear. The simple cuts and the bold colors appeal to both young children and old. It is as much of a delight to read to groups of children as it is to just one child snuggled up on your lap.

Go Away, Big Green Monster!

is ideal for story hour.There are always requests to Read it again!

Monsters often evoke fear but Ed Emberley has created a safe, lovable monster that obeys when asked to go away leading to a study of emotions and as study of what causes us to react to situations with laughter, excitement or fear.

Taking a look at the artistry of Go Away, Big Green Monster! we will explore similar art styles, discover cultures that use cut-outs to create works of art and experiment with this artistic technique.

Here comes the Big Green Monster! ....

Storyhour with Go Away, Big Green Monster! - Go Away, Big Green Monster! is Understood by Second Language Learners

Reading Go Away Big Green Monster
Reading Go Away Big Green Monster | Source

Story Hour with the Big Green Monster

I have used Go Away, Big Green Monster! for story hour both in the US and in Costa Rica with children as young as 3 and as old as 8th grade with marvelous responses.

The story is mostly in the illustrations wile the repetition of the phrase Go Away encourages audience participation making it an ideal book to read with English as a Second Language Learners..

There are always requests to Read it again!

Go Away Big Green Monster - Pick up a copy of Go Away, Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

The first thing you must do is get a copy of Go Away, Big Green Monster! . I am not one to spend money and often take out books from the library rather than spend money but this book is the exception. Go Away, Big Green Monster! is such a good book and your children will like it so much that you really must own a copy.

Big Green Monster has two big yellow eyes...

The story builds up adding layer upon layer of facial characteristics.

A Big Green Monster to Help you Face Your Fears

Felt Monster Face
Felt Monster Face | Source

Children Learn to be Brave

The Big Green Monster helps children face their fears. Practice telling the monster when to come and when to go away. Snuggle with the Big Green Monster while listening to scary stories. Ask the Big Green Monster to guard the scary stories when you are not ready to listen to them.

Children love to hear the story of the Big Green Monster read to them over and over again. To give purpose to a new form of writing we pretend that the Big Green Monster is missing.

Children delight in the idea that the Big Green Monster has helped them so much in getting rid of their fears that he is now lost. We talk about how people make posters to help find their lost pets and then make posters to help find the Big Green Monster.

Children practice writing words, painting creatively to express an idea and think about ways to persuade others to action by making these posters.

The children hang posters all around the school. After lunch we find that the Big Green Monster was so scared that he hid .... We bring him out and everyone takes turns giving him a hug and then we read the story again.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! And don't come back, ...

until I say so.

Helping your Child Overcome Fear - Fear of Monsters

Big Green Monster Canvas Bag
Big Green Monster Canvas Bag | Source

Big Green Monster Literacy Bag

Use fabric paint to make a Big Green Monster.

  • Fill the bag with a monster
  • a non-fiction book about monsters or fears
  • a copy of Go Away Big Green Monster
  • a game or activity

And a journal to record your monster's activities and you have all you need to create a Monster Literacy Bag that children will love to take home. Homework that kids beg to take home!

How do you feel about Go Away, Big Green Monster?

Children squeal with delight whenever I pull out Go Away, Big Green Monster! to read to them. They love to join in with the admonition Go Away, Big Green Monster! in the second half of the book as the monster disappears page by page.

Note: Though nearly all children love the intensity of the book, for a very few, the monster is just too real.

Kindergarten Class Creates Monsters

Did reading Go Away, Big Green Monster! help your child to overcome fears of monsters?

When read in a loving environment, snuggled up to Mommy or a trusted teacher Go Away Big Green Monster can alleviate fears. Encourage children to push their fears away, throw them out the window, stomp them into the ground.

Go away Big Green Monster and don't come back.... until I say so.

Make a Big Green Monster

Making Monsters
Making Monsters | Source

Go Away, Big Green Monster Glyphs - Creating Big Green Monsters

After reading Go Away, Big Green Monster, children love to create Monster Glyphs. The creation of glyphs requires problem solving, communication, and data organization.

What kind of monster will you make? Using Monster Glyphs you might have a big green monster with just one eye like a cyclops. Maybe your big green monster will have big white teeth or small black teeth.

Molas - The Cut Through Art of the Cuna Indians of Panama

So what do Go Away, Big Green Monster and Molas have to do with each other?

Each page in Go Away, Big Green Monster is a solid color with shapes for the various features of the monster's face cut out. Molas are made from layers of cloth with shapes cut out to reveal the colors of the layers underneath creating the patterns.

Similar to the way Ed Emberley uses cut-out holes to reveal the design, the Cuna Indians of Panama use a cut-out technique to make colorful designs in their clothing.


Native American Mola from Panama
Native American Mola from Panama | Source

Make your Own Mola

If you are working with multi-ages or are homeschooling children of various different ages and abilities, connecting the Molas with Go Away, Big Green Monster will help to include the older children.

These older children might try cutting and sewing their own Molas as well as look for other world cultures that use cut-outs in their arts and crafts.

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Become a Big Green Monster for Halloween!

Big Green Monster Costume
Big Green Monster Costume | Source

Dress Up as a Big Green Monster

My kids loved the Big Green Monster story so when it came time to dress up for Halloween that is just what they wanted to be. Now your children too can become a Big Green Monster. Put on the green monster suit, add the scraggly purple hair and the sharp white teeth.

Maybe one of the best aspects of this costume is when the Big Green Monster becomes too scary, all you have to do is take it all off and make the Big Green Monster Go Away just like in the story.

Acting out this story can be done at any time of the year. By dressing up and reenacting the story, children are even more reassured that they can overcome their fears and make the monsters go away.

Go Away Big Green Monster Song

Activities to accompany Go Away Big Green Monster

Go Away Big Green Monster talks about parts of a monster's face. This would be a great time to compare the monster's face with your children's faces. How are they similar and how are they different. Look in the mirror. Do you look like a Big Green Monster?

You can sing the song of the Big Green Monster to the tune of She'll Be Comin' 'Round the Mountain.

Go away big, green monster, go away!

Go away big, green monster, go away!

Go away big, green monster! Go away big, green monster!

Go away big, green monster, go away!

Post the words to the song and use a pointer to help your children follow along with the words. After your children know the song quite well, invite them to point to the words, find specific words or write some of the words they seen in the song.

Continue the song with"

Go away yellow eyes, go away!

Can you make up verses for each of the Big Green Monster parts?

Use these words to make a Go Fish Game. The words in Go Away Big Green Monster are words that children will see often as they begin to read in English. Practicing these words in difference contexts will help children begin to read.

How to Draw a Big Green Monster

Ed Emberley's style can easily be imitated by children. I keep a copy of the Drawing Book of Faces in the art center when we are studying Go Away, Big Green Monster. The children love to use it to help in illustrating stories that they write about monsters.

Senor Cabeza Amarilla - Spanish Language Activity

Senor Cabeza Amarilla
Senor Cabeza Amarilla | Source

Big Green Monster Learns Spanish - Big Green Monster meets Senor Cabeza Amarilla

Using plain colored pillows and felt, Spanish learners practice shapes and color words as they create faces similar to the Big Green Monster. Set children up back to back and have one child describe their monster as they place shapes. Both children create the monster as described. When finished, the children place their monsters side by side to see if they match.

Three Monsters

Three Monsters
Three Monsters | Source

Go away Big Green Monster, and DON'T COME BACK! ... Until I say so! :)

Help get Big Green Monster into another Child's Hands

Donate Books like Go Away, Big Green Monster to your Public Schools

If you buy any of the books recommended above, this page automatically makes a donation to the incredible nonprofit, Donors Choose, which helps provide classrooms and students in need with resources that our public schools often lack.

Monsters in the Kingdom - Will you find the Big Green Monster on Wizzley?

Big Green Monster has two squiggly, little ears!
Big Green Monster has two squiggly, little ears! | Source

I have read the story of the Big Green Monster to children at all times of the year both in the USA as well as in Costa Rica. Children love it and ask for it to be read over and over again. Make those monsters go away but bring them back whenever requested:

Talk about your favorite Story Hour tales: - Have you seen the Big Green Monster?

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    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 

      7 years ago

      Beautiful lens! I'm adding a link to it on my monster storytime lens, if I may. You really cover the ballpark!

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      7 years ago

      I am going to buy a copy for my little scary cat nieces.

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      7 years ago

      My sons would have loved this book, too bad I wasn't aware of it then.

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      7 years ago

      unique lens thanks for sharing

    • TeamWRWW profile image


      7 years ago

      I remember this book from when I was a kid. Glad I ran across this to bring up good memories.

    • Brandi Bush profile image


      8 years ago from Maryland

      We've never read this book, but now I'm going to have to find it at the library and do some of these activities with my! ;)

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      8 years ago

      My daughter loves this book!

    • blessedmomto7 profile image


      8 years ago

      I just love that book!

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      8 years ago

      Always am a fan of lensmasters writing of such great things, anything for kids is good in my book. *blessed by a squid angel*

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      Michey LM 

      8 years ago

      I think this is a book t gave in kids book-collection

      Sent Angel dust in your way for a bood educational lens.

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      8 years ago

      What fun! You do find the cutest books! Go Away, Big Green Monster sounds like a wonderful book!

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      8 years ago

      Happy St. Patrick's Day!

    • TheHarmonyProject profile image


      8 years ago

      This sounds like fun! We've not come across this book before but will look out for it, my little girl loves monsters! :)

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      Rose Jones 

      8 years ago

      I am going to read this book for sure, it looks like a really fun one. I think a teacher could make a good unit with this lens. Angel Blessed because of the richness of resources and the way you ALWAYS identify all your photos.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      8 years ago from Canada

      Wow girl but you have included everything in this Big Green Monster book review. Monsters are indeed a scary creature to little kids and I can still remember having to look under my bed before I could go to sleep at night. Currently for my grandson his fear is the toilet and what is lurking in it's depths waiting to emerge. A truly great article.

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      8 years ago

      I just used "Go Away Big Green Monster!" in storytime the week before last. We have a storytime Monster mitt so we can physically take off/put on the items. I love how kids yell, "AGAIN! AGAIN!" afterward. =0)

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      8 years ago

      Very creative lens!

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      8 years ago

      i like this. thanks for sharing!!!!!!!!!!

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      lasertek lm 

      9 years ago

      I do think my kids will love this book. Thanks for sharing.

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      rewards4life info 

      11 years ago

      Looks interesting. Must be a perfect read for the children. =)

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      11 years ago


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      Jimmie Quick 

      11 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      I would love this book, I'm sure! Ed Emberly's drawing books are wonderful too!

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      Paula Atwell 

      11 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Another excellent resource.


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