Stone Fox Unit Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

This unit plan can serve as a guide as you read 'Stone Fox' with your elementary students. It includes lesson plans, activities, discussion questions, and assessment options related to the elements of a novel and the details of the book itself.

Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

This unit plan can help you thoroughly teach Stone Fox to your elementary students. It begins by setting the scene with information about Wyoming and farming, two essential components of the novel. Lesson plans, activities, and games are then provided for in-depth coverage of story elements, such as setting, plot, character, and theme. Ideas for how to help students comprehend and respond to the novel before, during, and after reading are also incorporated. The unit plan wraps up with assessment options and an optional extension.

Setting the Scene

Begin the unit by showing students where the story takes place. Get a large map of the United States and place a star on the state of Wyoming. Engage students in this Wyoming Lesson Plan for Elementary School to learn more about the area. Consider having students do their own brief research listing interesting facts about Wyoming.

Additionally, this novel's primary setting is a family farm. Use this Farming Lesson Plan for Elementary School to help students understand more about farming, both past and present. Consider taking a virtual field trip to a farm so students can see what happens there. Virtual field trips are a cinch using a digital program with satellite imagery, which allows the user to zoom in and ''look around'' the selected location. If your geographic location allows, you might also consider partnering with a local farmer who can provide you with additional information, pictures, or even come in for a class visit.

Story Elements

Build student knowledge of story elements by using this Elements of Story Lesson Plan for Elementary School. This will serve as a foundation for students to understand the setting, characters, plot, and themes of the novel as they read. Use some of these Story Elements Activities to keep them engaged.

Since you've explored the setting already, you'll only need to briefly review the concept. Then, sprinkle in some Setting Activities & Games to get students moving and thinking about the concept.

Use this Character Analysis Lesson Plan for Elementary School to help students understand more about characterization. Consider keeping a chart with pertinent information about each character as students encounter them throughout the novel. Additionally, students could create character diagrams.

Use this Theme Lesson Plan for Elementary School to launch a discussion about the important themes of the novel, such as love, perseverance, and loyalty. Use these Plot and Theme Activities to spice things up and allow students an opportunity to practice their knowledge.

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