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When I was young in the mountains, Grandfather came home in the evening covered with the black dust of a coal mine. Only his lips were clean, and he used them to kiss the top of my head.”

from When I Was Young in the Mountains

And so opens the story about a girl and her memories of growing up with simple joys in the Appalachian Mountains. Cynthia Rylant perfectly captures this time with her words.

Use our When I Was Young in the Mountains printables to compliment your readings of this story.

When I Was Young in the Mountains Printable Activities

The When I Was Young in the Mountains printable pack includes these activities:

Thanks to Ginger A., and Tamara for contributing to this When I Was Young in the Mountains printable pack.

Math: Story Problems
There are three pages of math problems for your student to work out. All of them are based on the book, When I Was Young in the Mountains.

Math: Snake Measurement Activity
Look how long that snake is in the illustrations! Yikes!

You will need a soft measuring tape for this activity in which you can compare your student’s height to the length of various snakes.

Language Arts: When I Was Young In _____
Encourage your student to write a story similar to When I Was Young in the Mountains. Your student can type right on the page provided (or your student can dictate while you type).

Language Arts: Copywork
Copy the passage and discuss the words.

Social Studies: Comparing Past and Present
Let your student use the Cynthia’s Life in the Mountains/My Life in _____ to compare and contrast his life with Cynthia’s life. For instance, Cynthia shops at the general store, but your student probably shops at a grocery store. Cynthia uses an outhouse and takes a bath in a tub because there isn’t indoor plumbing. What other things are different about Cynthia’s life? Is there anything that is the same?

Social Studies: Where Are the Appalachian Mountains?
Draw and color the Appalachian Mountains on the map provided.

Cooking: Make a meal of cornbread, pinto beans, and fried okra.

How to Get Started with Your When I Was Young in the Mountains Printables

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the When I Was Young in the Mountains printables.

  1. Buy or borrow When I Was Young in the Mountains.
  2. Choose and prepare the printables you want to use with your student.
  3. Enjoy a week of reading and learning with When I Was Young in the Mountains.

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When I Was Young in the Mountains Printables

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