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Use the classic picture book "Amelia Bedelia" to teach your students the character trait of FOOLISH.
Take your students through the process from Read Aloud to writing a paragraph in the Opinion Writing style.
Just an idea of the process I have guided students through:
1. Fill in Character Trait Poster
2. Read Aloud & Review of Synonym/Antonyms for FOOLISH
3. Picture & Text Walk while Finding Evidence with Symbols on Sticky Notes
4. Reading & Sorting Evidence Cards onto Pocket Charts
5. Students Complete their Evidence Sheet
6. Prewriting Graphic Organizer
7. Drafting of Paragraph using Opinion Writing Graphic Organizer
(Steps 6 and 7 have been performed AFTER at least two books have been used for the first 5 steps, but I have still included those materials in this pack)
This Character Trait Packet Contains:
Materials to Assist in Instruction
“Amelia Bedelia CT Evidence Cards”
Symbols for Pocket Charts on Page 2
Explanation of Evidence Cards on Page 3
Filled In Evidence Cards from Story on Pages 4-6
“CT Evidence Sheet”
Students sort their evidence from the story by category in preparation for Independent Opinion Writing
“Foolish Antonyms Card”
To be used in a Read Aloud for reference. I have taped it onto a
big popsicle stick and had a student volunteer hold it for us to see.
“Foolish Synonyms Card”
To be used in a Read Aloud for reference. I have taped it onto a big popsicle stick and had a student volunteer hold it for us to see.
“Said Pocket Chart Example”
An example I created to show you what your pocket chart might look like with the evidence sorted. There would be three pocket charts - one for each evidence symbol.
“Teacher Poster Foolish”
I created this for me to reference as I teach during my read aloud and included in this pack for you to use if you choose.
“Blank Foolish CT Poster”
The same format as my Teacher Poster, but left blank incase you’d like to fill it in with your students and keep on a classroom wall.
Opinion Writing Materials
“CT Opinion Writing Preview”
Labels on each paper for easy reference.
“CT Opinion Writing”
Graphic Organizers to be used in prewriting and drafting of Opinion Writing for the Common Core.
“Foolish ActiveBoard Poster Tip”
Quick explanation of what to write in the different sections for the graphic organizer.
“Foolish ActiveBoard Poster”
A blank (landscape) poster for you to import into ActiveBoard or SmartBoard software to fill in with students. Makes it easier to save for that year’s creation and keep a blank for following school years.
“Foolish S.A ActiveBoard”
Some classrooms have the ActiveBoard located in an area that lends itself to using it during read alouds and this format can be used instead of the Synonyms and Antonyms Cards.
This pack has been adjusted for you so you will need minimal prep work, the book, three pocket charts (the $1 from Target work great), and you are ready to plan 7 days worth of ELA mini-lessons preparing students for the following big strands of CC.
Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Introduce the topic or text they are writing about, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure that lists reasons.