“Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak

wildthingsThis is a great book for use in many ways. Here are a couple of options.

Read the book to the kids (P/P – Grade3) and then talk about the wild things. Brainstorm describing words they could use to describe the wild things in the book.

Give each student a blank piece of paper and crayons. Have then create their own wild thing. Explain how they can take each body part and do something to it to create an original wild thing. Describing words come into play here – maybe write a whole bunch up that they may use: spiky, gooey, scaley, long, skinny, etc.

It’s a good idea to play some creative music to help them along. Let them have some time to create.

Once created there are a couple of options:

In groups, students introduce their wild thing to their little group, describing what makes them different from others and possibly giving them a name.

Have the class sit in a large circle with their pictures in front of them. Call out various descriptions a wild thing may have and if that applies, the student holds up their picture: “Hold up your picture if your wild thing has more than two eyes”, “Hold up your picture if your wild thing has short legs”.

Finally if your group is up to it, have them form groups of 4 or 5 and create a freezeframe showing the wild things (as they have created them) having a wild rumpus.

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