Where the Wild Things Are

Maurice Sendak, children’s author and illustrator, born 10 June 1928; died 8 May 2012

Sendak’s most famous literary work is a favourite in many primary school classrooms, so 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

  • This resource includes art ideas to engage pupils, but plenty of photographs have been added to help inspire teachers. Particularly like the toilet tube monster idea, plus a compilation of classroom displays and drawing templates.

Description writing lesson plan

  • Suited for Key Stage 2 (7-11) including a sheet full of words to help descriptions

Pairs game and descriptive writing resources

  • A great selection of images to support the story including a writing frame and prompt.

Thinking skills

  • A SmartBoard file which gets young learners really thinking about the story.

Missing poster for max

  • Help find Max, by getting pupils to make a Missing poster with this frame.

Higher order thinking skills

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

Art & 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.

Fantasy worlds lesson plans

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

Character descriptions

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

Year 1 lesson plan

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