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Students studyWhere the Wild Things Areby Maurice Sendak here and create new monsters


Art, Language Arts  


K, 1, 2  

Title – Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
By – Christine Bialczak
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subject – Art
Grade Level – K-2




    Reading Comprehension


  • Students will retell details about a story.
  • Students will identify characteristics of the settings and characters
  • Students will analyze illustrations in the story and their importance to a book
  • Students will create a “wild thing;” together breaking the body parts down to sections.


  • Book Where the Wild Things Are
  • Monster body part outlines
  • Construction paper
  • Colored pencils, scissors, crayons, glue


      The teacher talks about the word illustration. The teacher asks the students what makes a good illustration. (Color, images, shapes. . .)
      The teacher reads the story

Where the Wild Things Are

    to the class. During reading, discuss the different pictures that are drawn. Discuss how the story might be different if the pictures were different.

Guided Practice:

    The teacher passes out the monster body parts. The directions are given to the students to pick a body part and make it look like a monster body part. The students may make more than one body part. After the body parts are completed, assemble them on a display to show the “new” monsters.


    The teacher can show how the monsters change when the body parts are moved around.

Check for Understanding:

    Have students retell a part of the story. Ask for students to identify what happened at the beginning, the middle, and the end. Ask students to tell about specific details they remember from the story. On the chalkboard make a list of these specific details.

Independent Practice:

    Students will write a brief summary of what the story is about. They may write the summary with words or with pictures. The students will include in their summary the characters and the main events in the story including the problem and how it is resolved.


    Students will present their summaries to the class either by reading them or by showing their picture summaries and talking about the pictures and what part of the story they represent.


    Students are graded upon effort and participation. They are graded on their final summary based on accuracy and comprehension. Illustrations graded on effort.

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