The Wind in the Willows


About the story

One spring day, instead of spring cleaning, Mole goes boating with Ratty and discovers the wonder and joy of the great outdoors. The Wind in the Willows tells of the relationships between the woodland creatures who share that outdoor world—a world where “animal etiquette” is of utmost importance to survival. The egocentric, reckless Mr. Toad is in constant violation of etiquette rules (and for that matter, laws), but friendship prevails, and when weasels invade Toad Hall, the friends all come together to chase the rascals off. This beautifully written book about nature is also a funny, imaginative adventure tale. 

About the LitWits Explorer’s Guide

Experience The Wind in the Willows with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can take Toad’s wild ride as a relay, dissect (oooh, sorry, Toad) Latinate syntax, soak up some riparian ecology through a riverbank art project, write about their own olfactory calls to home, practice personification, eat pickled gherkins, listen to wrens, 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 THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS by Kenneth Grahame - LITWITSThe LitWits Explorer’s Guide for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

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