Maurice Sendak's Wild Things

Maurice Sendak, children’s author and illustrator, was born on 10 June 1928 and died on 8 May 2012. His most famous literary work is a favourite in many primary school classrooms. In celebration of the author’s life, we have compiled a great collection of resources and ideas for when you are exploring Where the Wild Things Are.

Art and Craft Ideas

  • Art ideas to engage pupils, plus a compilation of classroom displays and drawing templates. Plenty of photographs have been added to help inspire teachers. michaella.t

Description Writing Lesson Plan

  • Suitable for Key Stage 2 (ages 7-11). Includes a sheet full of words to help descriptions. knittedowl

Pairs Game and Descriptive Writing Resources

  • A great selection of images to support the included story. Also includes a writing frame and prompt. bestprimaryteachingresources

Thinking Skills

  • A SmartBoard file which gets young learners really thinking about Max’s story. supergran11

Missing Poster For Max

  • Help find Max by getting pupils to make a missing poster with this template. tp_1986.

Higher Order Thinking Skills

  • A Philosophy for Children plan to encourage Year 5 pupils (aged 9-10) to think deeply about the story. happyphantom

Art and Literacy Week Plans and Ideas

  • A lesson plan, PowerPoint and sketches of the Wild Things which could be used for an art and literacy week. Taipei101

Fantasy Worlds Lesson Plans

  • Ten lessons to support fantasy worlds which includes focus on Where The Wild Things Are. sooziepoosie

Character Descriptions

  • A character sheet asking pupils to describe one of the Wild Things. marple27

Description Words

  • A great set of description words which can help with writing tasks. Poppychick

Year 1 Lesson Plan

  • A weekly lesson plan for Year 1 (5-6 year olds), including a fact file task. sdgunston

Writing Frames

  • Two great writing frames plus images. Louise Bruzon.