Where the Wild Things Are Activities: Games, Lesson Plans and Movie News

Since winning the Caldecott Award in 1964, Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has become a children’s classic and is a great book for exploring a child’s darker emotions such as anger and fear.  It travels back and forth between the real world and the fantasy world of a child’s imagination.  A movie based on this book was released in 2009.

Where the Wild Things Are Activities: Games, Lesson Plans and Movie News

Below are some ideas to explore, a list of resources, a vocabulary worksheet, and a quiz all centered around this Where the Wild Things Are Lesson Plan.

Where the Wild Things Are Lesson Plan

Ideas to Explore:

Emotional Connections

Discuss the emotions that occur in this book (both in the words and in the illustrations) and what brought them about.  This book has the negative emotions of anger, fear, and loneliness but also positive emotions like joy and love.   Ask questions like:  How did the mother show her anger at the beginning of the book?   What illustration first shows fear?  How did the mother show her love at the end of the book? 


Talk about the jungle.  What kinds of plants grow in the jungle?  What kind of animals live there?  Read some books about the jungle to your students.  Why would the author choose the setting of a jungle for monsters to live?

Talk about how plants grow.  Bring in different kinds of seeds to compare.  Dissect a large bean to see the parts of a seed.  Germinate your seeds on a wet paper towel in a ziplock bag. 

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Have children design their own monsters with simple paper and crayons or with three-dimensional craft supplies like yarn, wiggly eyes, pipe cleaners and pieces of fur.    

Or you can have your students use Lego to create monsters.  Challenge them to make a monster that can move in some way. 

Have children draw pictures of what their own bedrooms look like.  Then have them draw another picture with a jungle taking over their room. 

Language Arts

Have children make up stories about their monsters.  Have them write them without help (using creative spelling) or dictate them to you.  Share each other’s stories with the class. 

Compare the story in the book with that in the 2009 movie (You’ll need to watch the movie together if you haven’t seen it yet).  What things are the same?  What things are different?  Use a Venn diagram to illustrate the similarities and differences.  Check the resources below for a discussion guide that goes along with the movie. 

Use this book to teach story elements:  setting, characters, problem, climax, resolution. 



Wild Things Lego Project

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Discussion guide to movie

More ideas on Where the Wild Things Are by Web English Teacher

About Maurice Sendak

New York Times article about Maurice Sendak

You are probably about as excited as we are that one of our favorite books of all time, Where the Wild Things Are, is going to be released as a movie in October, 2009! I cherish the memories of reading this book as a child, and I’m sure you cherish the time you get to spend with your kids now reading this wonderful book.

To celebrate the upcoming movie, we’ve gathered up some of the best links on the web to help you share this story in your classroom and home.

Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

Be sure to also check out our Harry Potter Activities and Lesson Plans and these Dr. Seuss Activities on our new sister site at Classroom Jr.!

Where the Wild Things Are Games and Activities

Where the Wild Things are Crossword Puzzle Maker

Where the Wild Things Are Floor Puzzle

Where the Wild Things Are Lesson Plans

Maurice Sendak Biography

Printable Story Background

A Guide for Using Where the Wild Things Are in the Classroom

Texture and Pattern Art Lesson

Story Comprehension

Language Arts, Science and Math Curriculum

Language Arts & Music Lesson Plan from PBS

Elements of a Story Lesson Plan

Teacher Reviewed Lesson Plans

Where the Wild Things Are Movie

Where the Wild Things Are - The Movie

Where the Wild Things Are – The Movie

Where the Wild Things Are Movie Trailer


IMDB movie listing including trivia and reviews

More photos from the movie

Where the Wild Things are – The Book

Buy Where the Wild Things Are on Amazon

Read With Me System – Where The Wild Things Are

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