About the story

Heidi is one of those stories that gets kids outside! In this story, five-year-old orphan Heidi is sent to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps. Everyone in the village is afraid of him, but Heidi finds the old man endearing and fascinating. She loves her new life among the pine trees, goats, and goatherds, but one day her awful aunt takes her to be a “companion” to an invalid in the city. Heidi misses her grandfather and the Alps every minute, and after much trauma, finally finds a way home—a way that brings the whole village together. 

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

LitWits Explorer’s Guides are web pages that include a printable PDF version. Experience Heidi with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can layer mountains to create an Alpine view, sip goat milk from  folk-painted wooden bowls, learn phrases in German, make miniature Swiss flags, write journal entries as characters from the book, practice their yodels, smell cod liver oil, play “Grandmother May I?” to get them home from Frankfurt (with rolls in pockets), listen to the sounds of wind in the Alps, 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

The LitWits Kit for HEIDI by Johanna Spyri - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Heidi by Johanna Spyri

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on Heidi.  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 Heidi 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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