Introducing Character Traits

Ways to introduce character traits by making it relevant to your students. A free character trait mobile is included.

When introducing a new topic, it is always important to make that particular topic relevant to students. The same applies for introducing character traits to your class. Before you have students looking for evidence from the text, make character traits relevant. One of the best ways to make character traits relevant to students is by having the students describe their …

Character Traits Writing Integration

Fun, no-prep ways to integrate writing into your character traits lesson plans.

When teaching students about character traits, we often focus on the reading aspect – how to identify character traits, how to find evidence from the text, how to build character trait vocabulary, how characters are described within a text, etc. However, integrating writing into your lessons on character traits can be a valuable, LOW PREP tool that requires students to …

Developing Character Trait Vocabulary

Improve reading comprehension in upper elementary students by building their character trait vocabulary.

Around October of my first year teaching, my students had to take their first district mandated practice test. Fortunately, the test only covered skills that we had already covered, one of which was character traits. I was pretty confident – we had created character trait anchor charts, used evidence from the text to identify different character traits, and examined characters …

10 Ways to Use Number Grids in Upper Elementary

Assess students' understanding of decimals - use a number grid to have students count by hundredths.

Learning to count to 100 is a big deal. Kindergarten and first grade students are constantly practicing their counting skills and using number grids to develop an understanding of place value. Once we hit upper elementary, however, teachers kind of assume that our students know how to count. We use number grids for things like finding patterns and adding and …

Character Traits Word Wall

Character Traits Word Wall - Includes a Free Template so you can create your own!

Going into my 3rd year teaching, I was finally beginning to feel more confident. I had successfully dealt with some difficult behavior problems, explained equivalent fractions to my 3rd graders without any tears, and I finally felt certain that my students were learning a lot. Then, I taught a lesson on character traits that resulted in an unexpected confusion in …

Free Character Traits List

Free Character Traits Lists - Includes a list of positive character traits, a list of negative character traits, and a list of synonyms of character traits.

Below are 3 different character traits lists for you to use to help expand your students’ character trait vocabulary. Or, check out my other character trait resources. You can download a free pdf version of these Character Trait Lists on the Character Trait Page in my Members Area. Just look for the red “free” next to the resource “Character Traits …

Character Traits Questions: Higher Order Thinking

Character Trait Higher Order Thinking Questions - 36 Character Trait Questions Based on Bloom's Taxonomy - use the higher order thinking questions to challenge your students thinking.

As teachers, we are constantly questioning our students. We all know how important it is to ask our students higher level thinking questions, but often the questions we think of on the spot are more knowledge or comprehension based questions. Questions that encourage students to analyze, apply, or evaluate their learning are harder to come up with on the spot. …

Character Traits Graphic Organizers

3 Free Character Trait Graphic organizers - use to help students compare and contrast characters, provide evidence from the text, and more!

Use the 3 free character traits graphic organizers below. Each of the graphic organizers focuses on a different aspect of character traits, and can be used over and over with a suitable fiction story. Find these graphic organizers, as well as other free character trait resources here.  Just look for the red FREE! next to the resources. This character traits …

Text Feature Anchor Charts

Nonfiction Text Features Anchor Chart example

Below are 6 different examples of text feature anchor charts you could use in your classroom. Choose the best anchor chart based on the needs of your students. This type of scavenger hunt would be great for students just being introduced to text features. It gives the name of the text feature, explains the purpose, and gives a real world …

Nonfiction Text Features: Low Prep Activities

Text Feature Activity - Make copies of a page with a variety of text features, and have students highlight and label the different text features they find.

After being introduced to nonfiction text features (see my free text feature slideshow), students must have time to practice identifying text features within nonfiction text. Once students start deliberately looking for text features, they will be surprised at how easy it is to find them in nonfiction text. It is important to provide engaging, thought-provoking activities that direct students as …