For my fifth grade clay project, I taught a similar lesson to my pinch pot monsters with my fourth graders (lesson details found here), but I left it more open ended to their creativity. I still reminded them of how to make a pinch pot and how to use "scratch and attach" when they were adding details to their character, but I let them choose what they wanted to make and how they wanted to create it...as long as it stemmed from a pinch pot. They turned out AMAZING! Unfortunately, I forgot to take photos (except a few of them all waiting to be taken home by their owners on a metal cart) so I can't brag as much as I'd like. But they did a great job, and I think the kiddos really appreciated that they could create their own thing and it didn't have to be one object/animal or another. Sorry there aren't more photos and that these ones are a little on the blurry side...I still think it gives a good idea of the variety I had in my room. And they still make me smile!