My Side of the Mountain


About the story

Sam Gribley, who dreams of living in the wild alone, runs away to the Catskill Mountains. There he uses his wits, trial-and-error, the local library, and a wandering professor to gain survival skills. As he creates a home in a hollow hemlock, catches or finds his own food, keeps a journal on bark, and trains a peregrine falcon, he also strengthens his inner self-reliance. Newbery Honor winner My Side of the Mountain indulges almost every child’s fantasy of living independently (at least for awhile)!

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience My Side of the Mountain with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can run away with Sam to the Catskills — or at least feel like they have — as they make botanical sketches of live plants on bark, move characters across time and place, sculpt Bandoesque jam pots, dissect new words, taste forest fare, release their inner runaways in writing, discover a theme, breathe in the scents of the woods, 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 MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead GeorgeThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on My Side of the Mountain. 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 My Side of the Mountain 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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