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My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Kids' Wings Award for Excellence in Childrens' Literature
Newbery Honor Book
Hans Christian Andersen Award Honor Book

Have you ever thought about running away from home? Young Sam Gribley makes his plans to run away. His plans include honing his skills, doing his research and, then, actually running away to the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Alone in the wilderness, he finds shelter in a huge hollowed-out tree and adopts a falcon he names Frightful, and Baron Weasel for companions, and then works hard to find food to keep himself alive. He uses his research and his naturalist intelligence as his tool for survival.

Sam's is the fun and sometimes a bit scary story about learning to live off the land, to become independent of civilization and appreciative of nature. Blizzards, hunters, loneliness, and fear all battle to drive Sam back to his crowded family in a bustling city, but his desire for freedom, independence, and adventure is stronger. You might be tempted to grab your fishing pole and try it yourself after you read My Side of the Mountain, but we recommend you plan a camping trip with your family first!

Research Links for

Author Jean Craighead George
Biography of Jean Craighead George

Watch the Author in Video

The Catskill Mountains
What would you do?
Camping
American Camping Association

Go Camping, America!

Kids' Camping Pages

GORP: Experience the Adventure!

ENature National Parks

2004 Movie: My Side of the Mountain

Literary Connections:

THE POCKET GUIDE TO THE OUTDOORS by Jean Craighead George, Twig C. George, John C. George, and T. Luke George

Follow the Trail by Jessica Loy

Toasting Marshmallows: Camping Poems by Kristine O'Connell George

Hummingbird Nest: A Journal of Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Roxie and the Hooligans by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor with Kids Wing Unit for Download and in The Ripple Effect

 
You can purchase the complete Kids' Wings 30-page Unit for My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George NOW for immediate download for only $11.95! Click Here to purchase and download.


My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George

A 30-Page Unit for My Side of the Mountain
is available for instant download! You can use it as a lesson plan to build authentic skills, foster cooperative learning, and bring fun back into your classroom!

 

The Unit Contains:
Prereading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Dialectical Journaling
Sam's Natural Foods
Understanding the Setting
Sam's Natural Food Feast
Natural Food Recipes
Map Activities
Vocabulary List
Comic Strip Creation
Logic Puzzle: Who's Who in My Side of the Mountain
Prediction/Confirmation Pre and Post Reading Question
What If?
Multiple choice and short answer comprehension
Crossword Puzzle
Multiple Choice Chapter Check-Ups
Figurative Language Activities
People and Places in Realistic Fiction
Classificatory/Informative Writing Design
Diamante Poetry
Research and Report on "A Tree"
Research and Report on "An Animal"
Research and Report on "The Catskill Mountains"

Answer Keys


 

 

Special thanks to Taylor's Traditional American Tunes for the Background Music, Skebereen

 
 

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