Hatchet Teacher Resources
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Sixth graders read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, discuss refraction, identify example of it from novel, and perform classroom experiments demonstrating refraction and reflection.
Students read the book Hatchet and discuss survival. In this language arts lesson, students read the first part of Hatchet and discuss what survival means and then move on to vocabulary building exercises.
3rd - 5th
Students read and analyze the wilderness survival novel Hachet by Gary Paulson. In this story analysis instructional activity, students investigate survival elements in Hatchet and relate them to real life experiences. Students discover how the dramatic parts in the story affect the reader and record their reactions to independent reading in a journal.
Students explore visualization. In this pre-reading comprehension lesson, students work in cooperative groups to brainstorm and answer questions about how they would survive if stranded on an island. Students make connections to the feelings experienced by the main character in Hatchet by Gary Paulsen during a whole group pre-reading activity.
4th - 6th
See how much your class knows about chapters 1 and 2 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet with this online interactive quiz. This quiz asks surface-level comprehension questions about the first 2 chapters of the book and could be used as a check for understanding that provides immediate online feedback. Make sure you check over the content carefully; anyone can create a Fun Trivia Quiz.
Fourth graders read the novel Hatchet. In this novel lesson, 4th graders begin reading Hatchet. Students break into groups, view the cover of the book and predict what the plot will be. Students write their list on paper. Students read the first 2 chapters of the book and have a class discussion.
6th - 10th
Students draw or act out visual representations of 2 chapters in the novel Hatchet. In this Hatchet lesson plan, students draw or act out scenes in teams of 2.
5th - 8th
What would you do if you were the lone survivor of a plane crash? Thankfully you don't have to answer that question, but see if you can answer these ten reading comprehension questions from chapters 3-14 of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet.
7th - 9th
Quizzes pupils' basic knowledge of Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet. Questions test the readers recall and comprehension skills but do not require any higher-level thinking tasks. So, content should be reviewed before this resource is used. The online and interactive nature of these quizzes means that immediate feedback and scores are available for both teacher and test taker.
5th - 6th
Pupils read the book, Hatchet, and write their thoughts and reactions about the events in their journals.
Fourth graders discuss the story "Hatchet" after the story is read. In this literacy lesson, 4th graders explore various habitats researching the characteristics about each, complete a Venn Diagram comparing their habitat with the Canadian Wilderness that Brain, the main character, was stranded in, and draw a picture of their favorite scene from the book.
Young scholars work in small groups to discuss the novel Hatchet and to complete a presentation for the class based on the novel.
The class listens to a descriptive passage from Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet. The passage evokes mental images which pupils are instructed to illustrate. In small groups, they share their pictures. They discuss which words and details sparked the most powerful mental images. Now they are ready to create or revise their own written work including colorful, expressive language.
What is true courage? Your class can explore the answer with these three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Hatchet," "Passage to Freedom," "Climb or Die," and "The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle"), which feature courageous characters and acts of bravery. The activities include a list of vocabulary words and sentence frames that incorporate adjectives, conjunctions, and auxiliary verbs. The activities become more challenging in each differentiated level.
Students develop their writing skills. For this descriptive writing lesson, students examine passages from Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. Students illustrate the passages they hear and then revise their own writing so that it includes vivid details.
What a creative way to discuss a novel! This presentation about the novel Hatchet by Gary Paulsen provides all the elements for a thorough exploration. It begins with the main premise of the novel, a young boy stranded in the wilderness, and asks viewers to answer a series of questions. They then embark on a research project. There are a list of websites and suggestions for this research project.
Sixth graders visualize how Brian Robeson feel when he crash lands on the deserted island at the beginning of the novel, Hatchet. They spend this whole class period using prior knowledge of survival skills.
3rd - 5th
Students read the story "Hatchet" by Gary Paulsen. Using the text, they identify the key facts and events in each chapter and the major elements of fiction. They practice making predictions and use evidence from the chapters to support their answers.
2nd - 4th
Students explore the characteristics of light especially its ability to be bent or refracted. The lesson stresses that refraction occurs because of the differing densities of the mediums through which the light is passing.
3rd - 6th
In this haymow to headrest activity, learners, after locating the guide words in a dictionary, determine if the twenty words listed are found on the page, before the page or after the page. Students list the words in alphabetical order.