Fantastic Mr. Fox Resource Set

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Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox is a story of survival and ingenuity. Through vivid descriptions of both appearance and personality, Dahl creates a clever and resilient main character and three detestable villains. The perfect tale for identifying a character’s traits, motivations, and emotions and examining how these attributes contribute to the outcome of the story.

Teach with Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Character Traits
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.3.6 RF.3.3 RF.3.4 RL.3.1 RL.3.2 RL.3.3 RL.3.4 RL.3.5 RL.3.6 RL.3.7 RL.3.9 SL.3.1a SL.3.1b SL.3.1c SL.3.1d SL.3.2 SL.3.3 W.3.8
  • Vocabulary: L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6
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    Fantastic Mr. Fox Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for point of view, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to Fantastic Mr. Fox Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Character Traits

    One of the strategies for better understanding Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dalh, is to connect with the characters in the text. This Book Club meeting sets the stage for learning how to identify a character's physical and personality traits by looking at their thoughts, dialogue, and actions.

    Meeting #2: Describe a Character’s Physical Traits (Outside Traits)

    As the author of Fantastic Mr. Fox, Roald Dahl includes vivid descriptions of his characters' physical appearance. The inclusion of such descriptions allows the reader to create strong mental images of each character which helps to "keep the characters straight" while reading.

    Meeting #3: Identify a Character’s Personality Traits (Inside Traits) Using Dialogue

    To learn about what a character is like on the inside, the reader needs to pay attention to the things the character thinks and says. This Fantastic Mr. Fox Book Club focuses on using a character's dialogue to learn about his/her personality.

    Meeting #4: Identify a Character’s Personality Traits (Inside Traits) Using Actions

    Another useful way to identify a character's traits is to examine the things he/she does throughout the text. Noticing how the well-developed characters in Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox behave, provides the reader with more ways to connect to the characters.

    Meeting #5: Identify Major and Minor Characters

    The variety of characters that Roald Dahl includes in Fantastic Mr. Fox provides readers with the opportunity to discuss the differences between major and minor characters. The group game taught during this Book Club meeting is a great visual representation of these differences.

    Meeting #6: Explain How a Character’s Traits Affect the Outcome of the Story

    This final Fantastic Mr. Fox Book Club meeting encourages students to draw connections between the story's outcome and what they have learned about a character's physical and personality traits. Thoughtful discussion focuses on how the story might end differently if the main character had the opposite traits.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with character traits.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Fantastic Mr. Fox and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Fantastic Mr. Fox. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Fantastic Mr. Fox by Roald Dahl. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Fantastic Mr. Fox Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Fantastic Mr. Fox, it’s helpful to review new vocabulary used in the story. Either download Fantastic Mr. Fox Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.3.4a L.3.5b L.3.6

    Fantastic Mr. Fox Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Fantastic Mr. Fox Book Club Resource Set.

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