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After reading Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak to your students, you may want to hand out Where the Wild Things Are worksheets to work on vocbualry or reading comprehension skills. Here are some places around the Web where you can find worksheets:
- Crossword Puzzle Maker: Where The Wild Things Are: This crossword puzzle is already started for you with words from the book such as mischief, gnashed, and rumpus. You can add words to the puzzle or take away the ones already there before you actually make this worksheet.
- Homeschooling 101: Where the Wild Things Are 2 DIY: This homeschool mom made her own Where the Wild Things Are worksheets when she couldn't find any resources on the Web or in the stores. You can view her worksheets and make yours the way she instructs, or you can write to her and see if she will share the worksheets. She has a coloring page, vocabulary, trail mix recipe, journal questions, and more.
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- One fun activity that many classes do is to act out the book. This works for any size class since you can have as many "wild things" as necessary, so all children can have a part. Students can even switch parts if more than one student wants to be Max (which is likely).
- Students can draw a picture of themselves with the wild things, and write a sentence or two about what they would do if they were Max.
- Discuss with children Max's feelings in this book. Talk about the different emotions represented, and then ask students to think of a time when they were feeling the same way. You can also ask them to think of other stories where characters are feeling these same emotions. When students make personal connections and book to book connections, they are improving their comprehension skills. The same is true when students can understand and talk about character feelings.
- Teach students about the difference between realistic fiction and fantasy (or even fiction and nonfiction). At what part of the story does the book become a fantasy? (Although some could argue that Max is merely dreaming.) Compare Where the Wild Things Are with a realistic fiction book your students like and talk about the two different genres. You can use a Venn diagram, drawn on chart paper, for comparing and contrasting.
Where the Wild Things Are worksheets and activities will improve students comprehension skills.