Novel Study - Sign of the Beaver

I am so excited to start our newest novel Sign of the Beaver on Tuesday.  I loved reading this book when I was in school and my boys are already so excited about it.  Since the STAAR Reading test has come and gone, yippee, I now have more time to do novel studies.  This was the first year that "The Test" had me stressed, since we didn't exactly know what to expect.  I am making a promise to myself right now that I will not slack off on novels studies around "The Test" time.  I am reevaluating and re innovating my novel studies so that there is even more higher level thinking than before.  I am also going to try and infuse more writing aspects into them.  (I heard I will only teach Reading and Writing next year, so I am trying to get a head start. No more Social Studies... YIPPEE!! Darn it!)

Enough of that.. I hope everyone has an awesome weekend! (Come out sun, I need some pool time!)  I will post some activities we are doing with the novel next week and if you have any ideas on things for me to add let me know!


  1. I saw you stopped by my blog. I have been a follower of yours for a little while. I teach only reading and writing. I hear my role will change next year as well. I miss teaching social studies. I love the Sign of the Beaver because it fits so well with fifth grade social studies. There is a movie based on it (old). It is called Keeping the Promise. My kids like comparing books to the movies. They do a writing.
    Learning in Bliss

  2. I had two groups of students use this book for Book Clubs this year. It has been one of my favorites for a long time. I love the relationship between the boys and how they learn from each other. Have fun!

    Finding JOY in 6th Grade


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