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Hatchet Through the Eyes of Forest Animals

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Keywords: Flip Video, Hatchet
Subject(s): Grammar, Spelling, English/Language Arts, Reading, Writing, Technology, Video, Drama
Grades 4 through 5
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Shellsburg Elementary School, Shellsburg, IA
Planned By: Nathanael Brandt
Original Author: Nathanael Brandt, Shellsburg
Hatchet Through the Eyes of Forest Animals will be the culminating activity after reading Hatchet, by Gary Paulsen.

Throughout the reading of Hatchet students will meet with literature circles to discuss and analyze the story.

When students have finished reading the book they will make a list of 8-10 events that they think are the most important from Brianís time in the Canadian Wilderness. After creating their list students will share their ten events in small groups and then work together to come to a consensus on 6 events and create a 3-4 minute video.

After deciding which six events they think are the most important the group will then choose from which animalís perspective they will tell Brianís story. The script will then be written to share the animalís observations, thoughts, and emotions of the six events from his plane crash arrival to his rescue.

Following the writing of the script each group will use a storyboard to plan their video. On the storyboard they will sketch what is going to be in the scene and where the scene is going to take place. (At our school we are blessed to have a large wooded area on our school property. There will be many different locations that will be appropriate for the groups to record their videos). Each group member will be required to run the camera, narrate the animalís point of view, and act as Brian at least two times. They will include on the storyboard what each group membersí role will be in the six scenes.

After video recording has been done students will add titles and credits using video editing software.

To conclude the activity students will share their videos with the class and then upload the videos to our classís YouTube page.
My students in the past have always enjoyed reading this book. Using a Flip Video Camera will help bring Hatchet to life.
Cross-Curriculum Ideas
This can be done with any book or activity done in the outdoors.
Materials: Video Tools, Flip Video