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Stone Fox Book Club Focused on Asking and Answering Questions

Stone Fox Book Club Focused on Asking and Answering Questions

This captivating and relatable novel follows ten year-old Willy as he tries to save his Grandfather's farm from tax collectors. If he can find a way to beat the undefeated Stone Fox in the National Dogsled Race, the prize money will be enough to pay the debt. John Reynolds Gardiner’s Stone Fox presents rich themes of friendship, loyalty, and generosity that will engage students in asking thoughtful questions and supporting their responses by referencing, synthesizing, and making inferences from the text.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Asking and Answering Questions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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This captivating and relatable novel follows ten year-old Willy as he tries to save his Grandfather's farm from tax collectors. If he can find a way to beat the undefeated Stone Fox in the National Dogsled Race, the prize money will be enough to pay the debt. John Reynolds Gardiner’s Stone Fox presents rich themes of friendship, loyalty, and generosity that will engage students in asking thoughtful questions and supporting their responses by referencing, synthesizing, and making inferences from the text.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 5 book club meetings focused on Asking and Answering Questions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club 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.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for asking and answering questions, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Stone Fox Book Club.

Using Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner, students will discover how asking and answering questions makes them a more focused reader and increases their understanding of the text. This first Book Club meeting challenges students to ask who, what, where, when, why, and how questions using the book's cover.

Asking and answering questions about the characters in the story is one way for readers to connect with the characters. This Stone Fox Book Club meeting focuses on not only asking questions about characters, but also answering the questions by citing the text.

When asking questions about the events in John Reynolds Gardiner's Stone Fox, readers will be able to better understand what is happening in the story and anticipate what might come next. This meeting provides a ready-to-use activity for students to practice this skill.

This Stone Fox Book Club meeting takes answering questions a step further. Sometimes, authors like John Reynolds Gardiner don't leave the answers to our questions directly in the text, but rather provide clues about the characters and events. Students will practice reading these clues to answer their questions about the story.

This final Stone Fox Book Club meeting provides readers the opportunity to pull together multiple facts from the text and make a logical guess to answer their questions. Students will also demonstrate their synthesizing skills by creating Searchlight Memory Board as a culminating activity for this Book Club.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with asking and answering questions.
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Book Title:
Stone Fox
Book Author:
John Reynolds Gardiner
Grade Level:
3
Genre(s):
Realistic Fiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
P
DRA Level:
38
Reading Recovery Level:
38
Theme(s):
Adventure, Family, Winter, Decision Making, Perseverance
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Common Core Alignment: RL.3.1, RL.3.2, RL.3.3, RL.3.4, RL.3.5, RL.3.6, RL.3.7, RL.3.9, RL.3.10, RF.3.3, RF.3.4, SL.3.1c, SL.3.1d, SL.3.2, SL.3.3, W.3.8, L.3.4a, L.3.5b, L.3.6
Vocabulary Connections: L.3.4a, L.3.5b, L.3.6
TEKS Alignment: 3.1A, 3.1C, 3.1D, 3.1E, 3.6A, 3.6B, 3.6C, 3.6D, 3.6E, 3.6F, 3.6G, 3.6H, 3.6I, 3.7A, 3.7B, 3.7C, 3.7D, 3.7E, 3.7F, 3.7G, 3.8A, 3.8B, 3.8C, 3.8D, 3.9A, 3.9B, 3.9C, 3.9D(i), 3.9D(ii), 3.9D(iii), 3.9E(i), 3.9E(ii), 3.9E(iii), 3.9F, 3.10A, 3.10B, 3.10C, 3.10D, 3.10E, 3.10F, 3.10G, 3.13A, 3.13C, 3.13E, 3.13H
Vocabulary Connections: 3.7E, 3.7F, 3.3A, 3.3B
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