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.
Activities for Stone Fox
Stone Fox Unit Samples
This detailed sample includes a table of contents and lesson plans at a glance. You’ll also find vocabulary practice, comprehension questions, and constructed response questions for Chapter 1. Check out this lesson on the homophones to, too, and two. There’s more. A sentence fragments lesson uses details from the story. Finally, instructions for making a scarecrow craft will turn your unit into a fun hands-on activity your students will love.
Teaching Idea #1 – Character Traits Booklets
Each of these mini-books is 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. With an answer key included, this activity is a print-and-go project.
Teaching Idea #2 – 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/fourth 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.
In 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.
Even 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 to the villain/hero concept. The notebook below is a perfect example of how students at this level understood the concepts.
Teaching Idea #3 – Grandfather’s Jokes
- Have students draw a picture of Grandfather playing one of his tricks on little Willy.
- Grandfather pretending to be a scarecrow
- Grandfather putting little Willy’s plate out in the chicken coop
- Next, students make up a practical joke that Grandfather could have played on little Willy and write about it.
Teaching Idea #4 – Scarecrow Crafts
Scarecrow Idea #1
Everyone in the class draws a scarecrow. One student describes his/her scarecrow while the others try to draw it from the directions given. Compare the finished products. Do they look alike?
Make a scarecrow from Candy
- a lollipop head
- Jolly Rancher arms
- Tootsie Roll legs
- Juicy Fruits body
Scarecrow Idea #2
This scarecrow was made from wooden clothespins and popsicle sticks. They were decorated with felt and yarn. Students were given supplies and were told to create a scarecrow. The results were fun to see.