Nov 27

Stone Fox Character Traits Booklets

Stone Fox

Grandfather will not get out of bed although Doc Smith says nothing is wrong with him. Little Willy takes over Grandfather’s duties and harvests the potato crop. He thinks everything will be fine, until Clifford Snyder comes to collect $500 in back taxes. In his desperation little Willy decides to enter the adult dog sled race. Will he be able to win the prize money he needs to save the farm? Read Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner to learn of little Willy’s fate.

Character Traits Booklets

Three Free Printable Character Traits Mini-Books to use when reading Stone FoxEach of these mini-books are created from a single piece of paper, folded to form a book. The finished books contain six pages where students can list character traits for the main characters. Just click on the image below to download the free printables for this activity. With an answer key included, this activity is a print and go project.

Free Character Traits Mini-Books to use when reading Stone Fox

Vocabulary Terms used with the Mini-Books

You might think that using the word “Antagonists” as a title for one of the books is a little advanced for the third/forth graders who read Stone Fox. Our school encourages using appropriate terms, so I decided to give using the word “antagonists” a try instead of using a title such as “Bad Guys.” This anchor chart helped teach these terms.

Protagonist vs. Antagonist Anchor ChartIn our interactive notebooks, students wrote the definitions and drew illustrations for both a protagonist and an antagonist. On the adjacent page in their notebooks, students glued their three completed “Character Traits” mini-books. 

Antagonist vs. ProtagonistEven though I stressed that the protagonist is the main character with traits that can be considered both good or bad, students at this level, really related the villain/hero concept. The notebook below is a perfect example of how students at this level understood the concepts.
Antagonist vs. Protagonist


Book Unit Samples

If you would like to try out the Stone Fox Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

Stone Fox Book UnitStone Fox Book Unit contains graphic organizers for an interactive notebook and game activities. Vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice are all included.

Gay Miller




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  1. Lisa

    Stone Fox is one of my favorite stories! Thanks for sharing such a great resource to use along with it!

  2. Jana

    I love the anchor chart to introduce protagonist and antagonist!

  3. Jessica Goodrow

    Love the little books and the way you connect the vocabulary to characters the students are familiar with.

    Literacy Spark

  4. Jenn

    I love your freebie! This is such a great book – although I still cry every time I read it!

  5. Not JANE

    What an awesome anchor chart example! This is very cool!

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