The Wonderful Wizard of Oz


About the story

After a Kansas tornado deposits little Dorothy and her dog in the magical land of Oz, she picks up with a scarecrow who thinks he lacks brains, a tin woodman who thinks he lacks a heart, and a lion who thinks he lacks courage. Together they journey the Yellow Brick Road to the Emerald City to seek the Wizard of Oz, who, exposed as a humbug, pretends to give them all what they want. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz  is an adventure with a message of personal discovery, a story where the quest comes full circle:  not only does Dorothy get what she already has, but she ends up right where she started. (Maybe she never even left! Maybe there’s literally no place like home!)

About the LitWits Kit

Experience The Wonderful Wizard of Oz with your students in fun, meaningful ways! Your kids can spin a tornado, find out what green courage tastes like, learn what Mr. Baum might have meant by “the yellow brick road,” combine the main characters in one “Dotty the Tin ScareLion” to emphasize a theme, take a look at the world through green-tinted spectacles (which they can create, wizard-like), write more accurate directions to the Emerald City, decode new words by their “setting,” and most importantly, learn that they too already have what they need to succeed — and so much more!

LitWits Kits are web pages that include a printable PDF version. 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.


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The LitWits Kit for THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ by L Frank Baum - LITWITSThe LitWits Kit for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

Everything in this “experience kit” comes from our unique sensory workshops on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. 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 Kits are web pages packed with downloadables—templates, activity aids, academic handouts, and more. (Here’s a sample, for a different book.) Because our kits live online, we can link you to useful info and audiovisuals. And you’ll always have the very latest updates! A PDF version is included for easy printing.

The LitWits Kit for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 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

Want a glimpse of our sensory style? Scroll down to get a free idea and template!

This kit 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 kit 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 Kits are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.

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We’ll send you our Setting Notes template, with a page of teacher tips. It’s a fun, sensory way to explore a story’s setting!

Here are a few options for classroom teachers and homeschoolers. Decide what works best for your classroom or family!

Pull projects, activities, and handouts as needed to stimulate interest, reinforce a concept, or take a break from reading.

Use a suggested prop to trigger a conversation. Ask your kids if they know what the item is, and why it’s significant in the story. You might discover a theme together!

Casually bring up a question from a handout at recess or over dinner, and let the discussion grow from there. Take advantage of tangential learning opportunities!

Do the projects and activities as the book is being read, or after as a reward.

Use one or more prop ideas to support specific learning goals, such as spelling or social studies.

Have your kids research a particular prop in more depth – learn its history and usage, and write a report.

Enjoy the arts and crafts projects as a family or in an after-care group.

Set up the book display in the classroom or living room, and invite your kids to contribute their own story-related items each day.


Please note that LitWits® is a registered trademark of LitWits Workshops, LLC.  All LitWits Kits are copyrighted and may be used for non-commercial educational purposes only.


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