Maurice Sendak Teacher Resources

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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.
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.
First graders use action spelling. In this high frequency words lesson plan 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.   
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.
Nearly 50 years after publication, Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are holds up to the Common Core.
Lesson ideas that focus on the author and illustrator's contribution to children's literature.
Students draw a literacy response picture demonstrating knowledge and appropriate use of computer hardware components (monitor, mouse) using KidPix and Kidspiration software with a minimum of two different pictorial details on their "wild thing."
Students use the book Where the Wild Things Are to learn about characters and setting as well as write summaries. In this story elements lesson, students read Where the Wild Things Are and create monster body parts from construction paper. Students retell part of the story and write or create a picture summary about the story.
After reading Chicken Soup with Rice, by Maurice Sendak, incorporate some of these great extension activities into your lesson plan. Ideas include focusing on knowing the months of the year, or studying the illustrations and how they are representative of each stanza. Get creative and have fun!
Maurice Sendak’s illustrations reveal implicit truth in the classic children's book Little Bear.
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.
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.
Students listen to the book Where the Wild Things Are. In this monstrous masks lesson, student understand the sound and recognize letter m. Students make masks to help remember the letter.
Students read the book, Where the Wild Things Are, and practice recognizing sight words, fluently reading, and retelling the story. In 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.
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.
Students use the cross check strategy to increase reading comprehension in this lesson plan. 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.
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.
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.