by Gary Paulsen



As thirteen year old Brian Robeson heads to Canada to spend the summer with his dad, the pilot of the Cessna dies from a heart attack. All alone, Brian must crash land the plane in the wilderness. He must learn to survive with only the hatchet his mother gives him as a parting gift. Brian faces many challenges including hunger, animal encounters, and mother nature. Below you will find several resources to help your novel study of Gary Paulsen's book Hatchet both educational and fun!


Vocabulary Word Webs (Smart Notebook)


Sample Comprehension Quiz for Chapters 1-2 including Constructive Response Question

PowerPoint with Story Elements

Cause Effect (Smart Notebook)


Hershey Kisses Fill in the Blanks 
Writing Activity

Animal Encounter Paragraphs
Examples of Students Writings


Raspberry Hot Chocolate

Diorama of Brian's Shelter

Light Refraction

Photos of Jackdaw Projects

Word Doc for Hatchet Book Projects

Word Doc for Rubric for Hatchet Book Projects



If you would like to try out the Hatchet Book Unit before you buy it, this download contains free samples including:

  • Comprehension Questions for Chapters 1-2
  • Constructive Response Question  Foreshadowing
  • Lesson 1 on Characters
  • Introduction Lesson for Descriptive Writing

Hatchet Book Unit contains vocabulary, comprehension, constructive response writing, and skill practice.