Maurice Sendak Teacher Resources
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Celebrating Maurice Sendak's Legacy
Lesson ideas that focus on the author and illustrator's contribution to children's literature.
Wild Thing Illustraton Creation!
First graders create an imaginary creature inspired by Maurice Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are. They design a thoughtful landscape in which their creature exists and then complete a composition of various art media including crayons, markers, oil pastels, and watercolors.
Maurice Sendak's Books: More Relevant and Rigorous than Ever
Nearly 50 years after publication, Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are holds up to the Common Core.
Chicken Soup With Rice
Complete a variety of activities related to the Maurice Sendak's book Chicken Soup With Rice. Readers identify the months of the year, identify words starting with the letter J, explore online illustrations created by Maurice Sendak, and create a rhyme using a class list of rhyming words.
Young Readers Make Inferences with Little Bear
Maurice Sendak’s illustrations reveal implicit truth in the classic children's book Little Bear.
Do You Prefer Your Children's Book Characters Obedient or Contrary? Opinion Writing
With this New York Times "Learning Network" exercise, high schoolers read an article about the death of Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are and then respond to several prompts that require them to shape their own opinions and express them in short answers. Prompts for this resource require high-level critical thinking and provide an opportunity for crafting well-supported opinions based on informational text.
Writing: Mentor Text Lesson & Microteaching
Mentor texts are a great way to demonstrate how to write with purpose. Pupils will be reintroduced to two well-known books and then asked to think about them from the writer's point of view. They will see that the author had to use basic story elements to build a story with purpose. They will then write a story of their own and share it in writer's circle.
It's All About Expression: Growing Independence and Fluency
In an engaging anticipatory set, the teacher uses several different strategies to activate prior knowledge about reading with expression, including using sentence strips (that must be prepped ahead of time) to show different moods. The class identifies different emotions conveyed as the teacher reads Where the Wild Things Are. In pairs, they then record themselves reading a book with and without expression, which the teacher also uses for assessment.
Students utilize the story, "Chicken Soup With Rice, " by Maurice Sendak to compare the number of days in each month, research their birth date and navigate their way through a calendar.
Where the Wild Things Are
Students read the book, Where the Wild Things Are, and practice recognizing sight words, fluently reading, and retelling the story. For this comprehension lesson plan, students also discuss story elements of plot.
Students create stories based upon the techniques of author Maurice Sendak in Where the Wild Things Are. They use a word processing program and the Apple software program GarageBand to create new voices for the story. This lesson is intended for use in a 3rd through 5th grade classroom.
Writing for Different Purposes and Audiences
Third graders explore how to write for different purposes and for a specific audience or person. They read, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Students create a class book after reading the story. They each create their own page for the book.
Thumbs Up For Expert Readers!
Students use the cross check strategy to increase reading comprehension in this lesson. They listen as the teacher reads "Where the Wild Things Are." The teacher purposely reads some words wrong so that the story does not make sense. The students identify the incorrect words and correct them using cross-checking.
First graders use action spelling. In this high frequency words lesson students are read the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Students add words to the classroom wall that are in the book. Students act out words from the story.
Wild Things - Texture And Pattern
Students implement textures and patterns in creating an imaginary Wild Thing, using the book and illustrations in Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak serve as Inspiration.
The Wild Things Like it Quiet
Students read Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. They visualize what is happening in the book and then identify the main points of the story. Students write a summary of the book and draw a picture of what they visualized happening.
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Students retell details about a story. They identify characteristics of the settings and characters. Students analyze illustrations in the story and their importance to a book.They create a "wild thing;" together breaking the body parts down to sections.
Analyze Literary Elements
Fourth grade is an important year for reading—it’s no longer story time for your learners. It time for them to dive into analysis of literary elements. Have them explore how dialogue, point of view, and setting create complex characters in fiction. Included, are high-quality graphic organizers and worksheets that will keep your students organized. No need for modification, this packet is ready to go.
It's time for monsters! Young learners create monsters and write descriptive paragraphs about their creations. The paragraphs are swapped with a partner class through email, and cyber pals try to duplicate them, based on the written descriptions. They exchange again to check.
Embryology - Hatching Baby Chicks
Fourth graders use incubator to allow fertilized eggs to develop and hatch, study parts of egg, stages of development, needs of developing embryo, classify which animals are/are not oviparous, and provide for the needs of newborn chicks.