The River vs Stone Fox
It’s funny, all semester I had this excellent book about survival sitting in my room while I have been planning a Novel study based on survival stories and I can't use it. For my practicum I am using the stories Stone Fox, My Side of the Mountain and Our Plane is down in a literature Circle. I spent quite a bit of time at the DRC in mid January trying to find book about the wilderness etc that would fit the very complex reading levels of my class, my grade 5s read at a grade 2 level and my grade 4s range from high grade 3 to mid grade 6! Unfortunately The River just didn't seem to fit into my plan which is a shame because the story fits so well into my integrated units for Socials that covers the Native relationship with nature, living off the land. One neat thing though is that my CT has been aware of my unit since December and using her Scholastic points ordered a bunch of free books to use as prizes or give away during my practicum and she choose to get Hatchet and the River because of their relevance to the other books. I hope that the winners can appreciate the books. As it is I plan to use my Lit Circles to give the students a chance to discuss not only their impressions of the stories. I am hoping that they may be able to engage in discussions about how they would act if they were the protagonists of the story. I think it would be fun to listen to their thoughts on what the characters should do and then see their reactions after they read on to find out. One of the activities that I have prepared is a "Peek at Setting" graphic organizer that a teacher friend of mine shared with me. Before reading the story you give them a lost in the wilderness situation and ask them to design a camp or shelter. Then after reading the story the students make a tent out of construction paper and inside they make a diorama of a main location from the story. A follow up to this activity is to have the students either discuss or write in a journal the differences and similarity between their tactics and the main characters. .