The Wheel on the School


About the story

In the fishing village of Shora in Friesland, Lina wonders why storks no longer come to nest. Her teacher encourages the whole class to go on wondering, and soon the children are investigating reasons and working to bring storks back. The Wheel on the School  is about their search for an old wagon wheel to use as a base for the nest, and the way they involve their entire community—even elderly, disabled, and reclusive—in the project. This is a deceptively simple story, rich with the concept of continuity, of things and people and friendships holding together. 

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Wheel on the School with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids will discover the central theme (the hub, in fact!) of this story as they usher paper storks through watercolor storms, put their own wheels on houses that (mini) storks would covet, dine on “fatballs” and “wineballs,” watch Friesian horses gallop on beaches, write wonder-full compositions, 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

Have straight-from-the-story fun with The LitWits Kit for THE WHEEL ON THE SCHOOL by Meindert DeJong - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Wheel on the School by Meindert DeJong

Everything in this “experience guide” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Wheel on the School. 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 The Wheel on the School 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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