Maurice Sendak Teacher Resources

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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.
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.    
What is peace and what does it mean to our society? To understand why peace is celebrated and what character traits or concepts relate to the action of peace, learners engage in a discussion, story time, and a craft project. The lesson idea can be fitting for any holiday that promotes peace and unity, including: Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Harmony Day, Unity Day, or Peace Day. Along with the main craft, which is a unity wreath, links to other crafts and book titles are included. 
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.
Students get a basic overview of the geography of islands. They discover where islands are located throughout the world and study two very different island groups (the Philippines and the British Isles) to illustrate the diversity of islands.
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.
Students use adjectives ot write a descriptive paragraph describing a monster. They use drawing software to create a specific drawing for a classroom exchange. They write an organized set of instructions for their monster.
Students research sleep following a class discussion on an article in The New York Times. Students use their research information to create a health and wellness exhibit that addresses topics related to sleep.
Students examine the events surrounding the Holocaust in World War II. After viewing a clip from "The War", they work together in groups to research the various responses from governments on the tradegy. To end the lesson, they write a journal entry about how to remember the victims and support the survivors.
Students listen to Where the Wild Things Are and discuss the monsters in the book. In this wild things lesson, students group the monster by feelings and emotions. Students discuss the setting of the story and retell the story.
Have your class practice determining whose point of view is being utilized throughout the course of a story. They begin by working as a class to create a chart which will provide textual examples that describe first and third person point of view. They then read the story, Where The Wild Things Are and write a paragraph describing what point of view is used, if it changed, and how they could tell. 
"Where the Wild Things Are" lesson plans can help students appreciate the beauty of words and illustrations.
Students begin with a hands-on technology introduction activity of a Paint picture example on the Internet. After reading and discussing the book, Where the Wild Things Are, students develop a picture about the book using a computer drawing program.
Eighth graders compare the movie and book of Where The Wild Things Are. In this literature instructional activity, 8th graders write an essay describing how the book and movie compared and contrasted. They analyze the elements of fiction in each. 
Young scholars explore African-American students literature as an integral building block in empowering all young scholars to a better awareness when reading and writing. They use as a productive Social Studies tool for overall understanding of the culture.
First graders experience the idea of beginning, middle, and end in a variety of situations including literary and musical. They identify the beginning, middle and end of Where the Wild Things Are
Sixth graders read Katherine Paterson's novel, Bridge to Terabithia, and watch a video of Maurice Sendak's book, Where the Wild Things Are. They examine the characters in both stories that share similar characteristics. Students use the labels "static" and "dynamic" when considering the characters from the stories.
Third graders discuss books that have been banned and the things that they have in common. They explore the concept of freedom of speech and write poems based on their discussion.
Second graders listen to and dicuss the story Where the Wild Things Are. They play a pantomime game and act out various feelings so their classmates can guess. They listen for the frequency of certain words, and record their findings on a bar graph.
Primary learners are introduced to Lewis Carroll's whimsical poetry. They read "The Nursery Alice" Carroll's adaptation for younger readers, view story illustrations, listen to poetry and write whimsical verses of their own about food.