Ask A Biologist: Monster Manual

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Build a monster

Here is the place where you can build your own monster. It is not that much different than what happens with every living thing. Monsters, plants, and even humans have an instruction manual for building and making their bodies work. These instructions use a special code. For living things it is a genetic code.

With Monster Maker you use a unique monster code, called a monster genome, to build your own monster. As you decode the pattern of color dots you will be able to add parts to your monster. When the monster is complete it’s time to give it a name and print it out. There are three different ways a monster can be printed – with its genome, by itself, or as coloring page. Happy monster building!

Read the stories behind our monsters

You can read about our monsters in either the bedtime tale called A Monster Story, or you can learn about them in our How to Build a Monster story.


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Biology, Genetics
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3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade, 9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade
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* Download “A Monster Story” as a PDF packet
* See an Example Monster Genome Worksheet

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