LitWits brings great books to life in sensory ways, so kids will want to read more!
ACTIVITY IDEAS from the LitWits experience
We had a blast learning about the Catskills, independence, survival skills, symbols and themes, allusions, our inner runaway, vocabulary words, and more — and you can too!
Want YOUR students to have meaningful fun with this book? Get The LitWits Kit Expanded Edition for My Side of the Mountain! Includes project, activity and prop ideas and instructions, discussion Q&A, planning tips, and printables with keys.
Official website of Jean Craighead George - information, pictures, interviews, video clips
Extensive bio with bibliography (Pennsylvania Center for the Book)
Information about the Borscht Belt, Jewish resort area where many young Jewish stand-up comics got their start
Image and audio of night cries of whippoorwill (have students guess the bird)
Image and audio of catbird (have students guess the bird)
Scent of skunk (for purchase)
Real People and Events Mentioned in the Book
Video of willow whistle ensemble – “like wind in the top of the hemlocks”
Wooden whistles (for purchase)
Wooden slide whistles (for purchase)