Where the Wild Things Are | 123Read&Write

A simple reading comprehension quiz and literacy activities for the children’s book, Where the Wild Things Are, by Maurice Sendak.

Book Summary

What kind of trouble can happen when a young boy goes looking for little fun? In the Kindergarten book, Where the Wild Things Are, young Max decides to dress up in a silly wolf suit. However, as can happen, mom is annoyed with Max's behavior and sends him to bed without supper. Suddenly, a vast forest takes shape in Max's bedroom and he is whisked away to where the wild things truly are! Maurice Sendak's Caldecott Medal winner is a beautiful picture book, which blends a vivid imagination and fantasy into the mind of a little boy where anything can and almost certainly will happen.

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Reading Comprehension Quiz

After reading the story to your child, go to the following link to complete the quiz:


5 = Mastery

4 = Developing

<3 = Beginning

Follow Up Lesson Plan Activities

Activity 1: Art Activity - Wild Thing

Directions: In Where the Wild Things Are Max takes his private boat to go be king of all wild things. In the area below, draw and color a picture of your own wild thing creature.

Activity 2: Sorting Behaviors

Directions: Max was sent to his room for being mischievous. Read the scenarios below. Determine whether Max’s mom would consider the following behaviors mischievous, and circle the correct answer to the right.

Activity 3: Growing a Tree

Directions: In Where the Wild Things Are, a forest grows in Max’s room. Forests are filled with trees that need sun, water, and oxygen to grow. Read the statements below. Determine the correct order for the process of growing a tree. Cut out the four steps and glue them into the graphic organizer in the order they occur. 

Activity 4: Building With Shapes

Directions: Max took his own private boat to visit the wild things. Can you build Max’s boat out of shapes? Cut out the shapes at the bottom, and determine where they fit on Max’s boat. Glue them down and then decorate his boat.

Activity 5: Creative Writing Prompt - Wild Thing Adventure

Directions: What if a forest filled with wild things grew in your own bedroom? On the lines below write about your adventures with the wild things. Draw a picture in the box to go along with your story.

Where the Wild Things Are Jigsaw Puzzle

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