Cross-Curricular - Bring out wild streaks

7th September 2012 at 01:00

What it's all about

Bring Maurice Sendak's enchanting story Where the Wild Things Are alive in the classroom with a range of resources themed on the novel.

Included are a number of craft ideas. From toilet rolls to shadow puppetry, michaella.t's pack includes lots of monster art activities.

Pupils can create their own Wild Things and practise using descriptive words to discuss their creations, or they can use a handy template to design a "missing" poster to help find Max.

Two lesson plans help pupils to become forest philosophers, considering questions such as whether the Wild Things are real and what dreams are.

With 10 tried-and-tested resources, covering a range of skills and subjects, there is plenty here to help create an engaging unit of work about Max's adventures in the wild.

What else?

TES partner Send a Cow's Read to Feed scheme hopes to inspire every young learner to turn the pages. The scheme is a sponsored read to celebrate Children's Book Week (1-7 October). Send a Cow provides a suggested reading list and sponsor forms on its website,

Decide how long you want to run the sponsored read, then pick a reading list and give out sponsorship forms. Reward pupils with stickers for every book they read and, once they have finished, they can collect money from relatives and friends. The money raised will help to buy farm animals, trees and training in natural farming methods for communities in Africa.

"It's a great way to get pupils reading more, while raising money to help poor families in Africa," says John Cleverley, education manager at Send a Cow.

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