Creative Novel Study Ideas: The Sign of the Beaver

70 ideas for teachers. No workbook pages.

Interested in a creative, non-workbook resource to prepare to teach your students or homeschooled children?

With Creative Novel Study Ideas: The Sign of the Beaver, teachers follow student interests and provide interactive activities that make the time period come alive. Included:

  • Map-reading, history reviews, timelines
  • Art projects
  • Clothes
  • Food-sampling and recipes
  • Health and fitness games
  • Literature circle ideas
  • Native money
  • Songs (includes game, instruments), chant, dance ideas
  • Nature and Science
  • Two writing projects (one with art)
  • An amazing section of teacher questions that give insights into interactive classrooms!


There are no worksheets. No pre-reading activities. No formal focus on vocabulary. No formal reading response questions. No assigned research, journaling, cause and effect writing, or character sketches. No workbook assessments.


Kids fall in love with the story of Matt and Attean and the time in which they lived. In a natural way, students encounter similarities and differences and relationships between ideas. They analyze, problem solve, organize, investigate, and interpret. This is by following their lead and by weaving in creative activities without disrupting the flow of reading the novel. (And yes, student reading levels increase with this non-traditional method.)

Grab this flexible resource of teaching ideas. Have fun! –Rebecca Locklear, Reading Specialist

Take a LOOK INSIDE! to the left.


“This book is FILLED with hands-on ideas for teachers that will make this novel study exciting for students.” – George F.

“Ms. Locklear is self-motivated, enthusiastic, passionate, and has original ideas. She organizes [reading] lessons and builds background in an interactive way so students are up and moving, working in pairs, involved with various items she brings in, constructing art projects, making up chants to remember grammar rules, playing vocabulary games.…” C. E., Elementary Principal

“The resource is filled with many ideas to choose from. I particularly liked the history review, paperclip timeline, note-taking with drawings, examples of clothes, and the photos all the way through were very helpful. The teacher questions at the end were perfect! I would highly recommend this to any teacher or parent using The Sign of the Beaver. Great resource!” – A. J. C.

Highlights & Features

  • 17 Student Workshops
  • 120 Activities
  • For Grades 4 – 12
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