Matt and his pa travel to Maine leaving the rest of his family at home. They build a cabin and plant corn on the newly purchased land. Matt’s pa leaves him in the wilderness to take care of the homestead while he returns to Quincy to bring the rest of the family.
A number of events happen to Matt while he waits for his family. First, a trapper named Ben shows up at the cabin one night. Matt feeds him. During the night, Ben runs off with Matt’s gun. Next, Matt leaves the cabin door unsecured. A bear comes inside and eats his provisions. As Matt tries to get honey from a hive, he is stung repeated.
With so many misadventures, the reader worries that Matt will not live long enough for his family to join him at the homestead. Read this historical adventure to find out.
Interactive Notebook Activity
Students will enjoy creating this interactive notebook page while reading The Sign of the Beaver. Not only is it a fun activity, but a great way to reinforce character traits.