About the story

This isn’t Disney’s tale! Pinocchio is indeed about a wooden puppet who lies, but this story runs much deeper than that.  Gepetto, the marionette’s maker, has no sooner created a boy than the puppet begins to wreak havoc. From “birth” on, his choices are selfish and short-sighted, but with every bad decision his mind and heart expand, until finally, faced with Gepetto’s loss, he risks his own life to try and save his “father.”  The immature, ungrateful, thoughtless marionette is every human in the works, and his story of mistakes is the story of us all.  Pinocchio is also a heartwarming model of unconditional love, and an inspiration to anyone struggling for authenticity and identity.

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience Pinocchio with your students in fun, meaningful ways! This is a rich, deep story about what it means to be human — to have a mind of one’s own, to learn how to be all you can be (without being manipulated). So much to talk about! Your kids can chat about little things like the meaning of life and Collodi’s political messages, recreate an object of temptation from the story, nibble “ingratitude food,” empathize with Pinocchio’s life-lessons, make marionettes of their own, script “forgotten” dialogue, listen to the music of Italy, 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 PINOCCHIO by Carlo Collodi - LITWITS The LitWits Explorer’s Guide for Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

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