All-of-a-Kind Family


About the story

As one Amazon reviewer puts it, “there’s something to be said for a book that makes you wish you’d been part of a poor immigrant family living in New York’s upper east side on the eve of World War I.” The much-loved classic All-of-a-Kind Family lets us join the ordinary yet extraordinary adventures of five sisters as they shop for penny candy, make friends at the library, do household chores “with a twist,” visit Coney Island, and celebrate Jewish holidays.  This imaginative yet highly believable story is based on the author’s own childhood, and is a wonderful way to learn more about the Jewish faith — as well as the joy and value of old-fashioned fun.  

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience All-of-a-Kind Family with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can wander through turn-of-the century New York City — the Lower East Side, to be exact, to hear Yiddish music and practice Yiddish words, learn about tenements, Jewish immigration and scarlet fever, nosh on street food, make cleaning an expedition, visit the LitWitz candy shop, write letters to one of the characters, build their own miniature Sukkot booths, design a library book, and so much more!

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are private web pages that include creative and academic downloadables. This lesson planning resource is ideal for ages 8-12, but it’s highly adaptable. Scroll down to get more details and a free idea with template.



Product Description

From the LitWits Kit for ALL-OF-A-KIND FAMILY by Sydney Taylor - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for All-of-a-Kind Family by Sydney Taylor

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshop on All-of-a-Kind Family.  It’s packed with hands-on ways to get into the characters’ shoes. When kids see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they understand more. Better yet, they want to read more.

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages packed with downloadables — templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our guides live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates!

The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for All-of-a-Kind Family includes:

  • sensory prop suggestions, with photos
  • creative project and activity ideas, with photos
  • printable templates, excerpts, and activity prompts
  • takeaway topics, to fuel meaningful conversations
  • printable handouts for creative writing, the narrative arc, setting, and more
  • research and audiovisual links, for one-stop prep and homework help
  • great quotes from the book, where copyright allows

This guide is adaptable to a wide range of ages. (See the Ways to Use tab for classroom and homeschool uses.) We find 8-12-year-olds consistently “ready to LitWit,” but you know best what your kids are ready for, interested in, and capable of.

Common Core Alignment
The LitWits experience of this book is jam-packed with carefully integrated lessons — but they’re embedded in FUN, so kids don’t feel “taught.”  At a bare minimum, the use of this guide helps meet these Common Core goals:

THIRD GRADE Common Core Alignment
FOURTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
FIFTH GRADE Common Core Alignment
SIXTH GRADE Common Core Alignment

Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Explorer’s Guides are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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