Character Trait Literacy Activities including Charlotte's Web Task Cards

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This character trait packet includes a variety of common core state standards based literacy activities that can be used as material for whole group or guided reading instruction, as well as center or independent work during Reader’s Workshop, Writer’s Workshop, or any literacy block that occurs in your daily schedule. Most of the activities can be “pulled” from the series and taught alone, but as I designed the materials it was my intent that they would all be taught, scaffolded, and then independently practiced in order for your students to become “literacy experts” on character development! Included with the packet is a 6 page “Rationale, Instructions, and Lesson Idea” section that gives details about how to use the materials.
The “Character Trait Wall” is a one page reproducible resource that looks like a wall with 105 “bricks”, each labeled with a common character trait. Each student should receive a copy to use and reuse, so laminating is recommended. An enlarged classroom copy (not included) would help reinforce the learning, but not necessary to teach the lessons. For all of you “techy” teachers, the character trait wall would work well on any kind of projection technology you may have available to you. Students can circle words with a dry erase marker or add a post-it note to promote active, engaged reading after a mini-lesson on any aspect of character development you have taught. For instance, if you talked about finding text evidence that supports inferences the reader makes about the character, the students could circle a matching trait they notice as they read and add the page number or a reminder detail on a post-it note.The students then use the marked character trait wall as a basis for class or small group discussion after independent reading has taken place. Students in my first grade, with practice, could “mark” text that showed a character was “bossy”, then bring that information back to a group discussion. This can work when everyone is reading the same book OR when students are independently reading self-selected material. Giving the students a “job” to do, a strategy to try, or something to look for as they read truly increases their engagement in the reading process. (Yes, I, too, have had many little “page flippers” who return to the book shelf 15 times during 15 minutes of quiet reading!!!) Materials included that correlate directly with the character trait wall are:
-the character trait wall
-a “blank” character trait wall for additional adjectives to be added
-a 5 page definition list that gives simple synonyms or definitions for all the words (read the rationale for details)
-a graphic organizer that can be used with any text that includes “characters” (a recording sheet for character, trait observed, page number, “How do you know?”, and text evidence section
-A set of 24 task cards with excerpts from Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White-students identify a character trait and decide if it was directly stated or if it was necessary to make an inference based on what the character said or did in the passage
Also included are several vocabulary building activities to use if your students are unfamiliar with the meaning of some of the character traits:
-Listen to sentences and give a “thumbs up or down” based on understanding the vocabulary words in context
-A critical thinking activity - *REALLY FUN!!*- Students solve a mystery-which suitcase belongs to which passenger?-based on the contents of their suitcases and the trait that best fits the character’s personality
Providing “word work” root word, suffixes, and parts of speech practice:
-A word sorting activity based on meaning based suffixes
-A word sorting activity in which the students sort and spell verbs, adjectives , and adverbs based on the character trait vocabulary (i.e. caution, cautious, and cautiously)
This character trait packet was a lot of fun to design and create-I hope your students learn a lot and discover the magic of getting to know story characters as they read and reflect. Thank you for taking a look at this product!
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Character Trait Literacy Activities including Charlotte's
Character Trait Literacy Activities including Charlotte's
Character Trait Literacy Activities including Charlotte's