Where the Wild Things Are
published on: 2/28/2003
Contributing Teacher(s): Jennifer Thompson
Communication Arts/English Grammar/Usage Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3) Materials Needed: The book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, magazines, crayons, glue, construction paper, writing paper, pencils Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections Process Standards:
Grade Range: Lower Elementary (K-3)
Materials Needed: The book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, magazines, crayons, glue, construction paper, writing paper, pencils
Instructional Strategy: Prior Knowledge & Connections
- Communication Arts 1. Speaking and writing standard English (including grammar, usage, punctuation, spelling, ...)
- Communication Arts 2. Reading and evaluating fiction, poetry and drama
- Communication Arts 5. Comprehending and evaluating the content and artistic aspects of oral and visual present...
- CA - Wr - 2 - D - 02
Time Allowance: Two 45-minute class periods
Description: Students use their imaginations to create and describe their own wild thing while learning about adjectives. -- literature
Classroom Component: Students use a character from the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, to create their own "Wild Thing" and learn about adjectives by describing their creature. Lesson Description:
- The teacher will read to the class Where the Wild Things Are. In this story Max has dreams/nightmares about wild things. He learns to like the wild things and has great adventures with them.
- Discuss the wild things in the story. Has anyone ever had a dream with a wild thing? What did it look like? Tell students they are going to create their own wild thing using pieces of pictures and animals from magazines.
- Hand out magazines and allow students time to search, cut out, and piece together a wild thing of their own.
- The next class time begin by talking about their wild things. Allow a few students to share their wild things with the class. While they are telling about their wild thing, generate a list on the board of describing words. Discuss with the class that these words are called adjectives and they describe the wild thing to someone who has never seen it before.
- Have students return to their seats and generate a list of adjectives that describe their animal.
- Share the composed list with the entire class on a class list. This list can be displayed in the classroom as a reference when talking about describing words.Extension: Students could take their list of adjectives and create a describing paragraph about their wild thing. Students could create their own adventures with their wild thing in a fictional story. Assessment: Students will be assessed from their list of adjectives. The class decided on a simple scoring guide. Scoring Guide:
4 points 8 or more very descriptive words about the wild thing 3 points 6 to 9 descriptive words about the wild thing 2 points 3 to 5 descriptive words about the wild thing 1 point 0 to 3 descriptive words about the wild thing
Comments From Another Teacher
This is a great lesson based on a classic picture book. I will use this as a partnering activity with my primary students in my library and I''ll also pass it along to all the K-3 teachers in my school. Thank you for the great idea! It could also be extended to older grades, because junior and intermediate students would enjoy a review of adjectives presented in this way as well.For additional information contact :
- CA - Wr - 2 - D - 02