The LitWits Kit Expanded Edition for
Eric P. Kelly’s
The Trumpeter of Krakow
Travel back in time to fifteenth century Poland, where you and your students can discover the Great Tarnov Crystal and reenact its journey to Krakow, meeting Tartars and Cossacks and Ivan the Terrible along the way! Create rose windows out of tissue paper, learn how Gothic architecture terms are used in modern conversation, decorate bookmarks with Latin script, and transmutate brass keys! And more!
Experiences and objects straight from the story help kids “get into it” and learn without trying. When they see, feel, hear, taste, smell, and DO what the characters did, they naturally understand more. Better yet — they want to read more!
For more details, read the Description and Ways to Use This Kit below.
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This LitWits Kit Expanded Edition is the product of 80-100 hours of immersion workshop planning. It’s jam-packed with fun, hands-on ways to engage kids in The Trumpeter of Krakow! Each kit includes:
- Sensory prop suggestions
- Project and activity ideas
- Detailed directions and supply lists
- Discussion guides
- Workshop planning help
- Academic handouts with keys
By engaging with a great book in hands-on, enjoyable, memorable ways, kids learn without trying. Most importantly, they want to read more.
Ways to Use This Kit
Here are a few options for classroom teachers and homeschoolers:
- 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.
Decide what works best for your classroom or family! Your quest is to make great books fun and memorable for kids – so they’ll want to read more.
The adventure, though, is up to you. Off you go!
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for Eric P. Kelly’s
The Trumpeter of Krakow