Character Traits for 5th Graders!

Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
Character Traits for 5th Graders!
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Want to engage your kids while upping their vocabulary? This product can make it meaningful and fun! Character traits do not have to be difficult and can be fun to teach.

This product contains 20 traits that come from an article in the Reading Teacher (2007) where Patrick Manyak recommends a school-wide approach to teaching character trait vocabulary.

The following traits he recommends for 5th graders:

  • apprehensive
  • compliant
  • corrupt
  • cross
  • depraved
  • dignified
  • discreet
  • docile
  • ethical
  • frank
  • glum
  • ingenious
  • lackadaisical
  • malicious
  • plucky
  • prudent
  • rebellious
  • selfless
  • sheepish
  • sullen

You can teach a trait a week and connect it to their world through text, video, or any other source. Making it meaningful through characters in books will help to have the vocabulary and the trait stick.

Getting Started:

Many of the traits in this product are synonyms of one another so that may help. To assess your kids background knowledge of traits, I would play the ABC trait game. Divide kids into pairs or small groups. When you say, “GO!” kids try to think of a trait for each letter of the alphabet. When time is called, chose one group to read off their list. If any other group has the same trait that was called, everyone crosses that trait off their list. The group with the most traits at the end wins. I would start with your kids identifying their own traits, possibly a negative and a positive trait.

From there, helping them to later revise their traits using more sophisticated vocabulary. You can use my “That’s Me!” personal trait identification worksheet with your kids. This comes with a figure of a boy, a girl, and one that is neutral.


Class Chart

You can use the chart to write the targeted word, provide a synonym and antonym, and an example. Your kids can have a similar chart to use during reading as they identify the trait of the main characters and comparing them, tell if their traits are negative or positive, and how they interact with one another. Kids reading at this level will note that the main characters in their text become multi-dimensional, therefore displaying many traits to keep track of. Another reproducible in this product has kids identifying a trait and a challenge and how that trait influencing who the character responds to a challenge.


Trait Bingo!

Once you have taught the traits, you can use the Trait Bingo as a fun way to practice. Included are call out cards for you to read or you can use synonyms/antonyms or your own definitions. The template is included.

Each bingo card has 9 traits. You can play 3 in a row as a winner or kids have to cover up the entire card. The winner has to read their trait and supply an example or put it in a sentence correctly. I have also added blank cards with just the trait typed. This would be a good activity to have kids work in pairs and create their own definition, illustration, sentence to demonstrate the meaning of the word. These can be added to the game. There are 30 game cards.

Another way to use these blank templates is as you teach each trait, give partners or groups the card with that trait. Then they need to work together to find a way to show other what it means by providing synonyms or antonyms, a sentence, and then an example. The class can then vote for the best definition of the given word. This card then becomes part of the game. This will allow the kids to own the word.



Lastly, I have created a banner for a bulletin board that reads, “Are you…?” as you add the trait you teach, this will be a way for kids to connect those traits to themselves, their text, and the world.

Here's what's included:

  • 20 trait cards with example, synonyms, and antonyms
  • Stand alone cards with all traits in color and black and white
  • 2 reproducibles for student work
  • 1 chart for classroom use to track the trait taught, give a synonym & antonym, and example
  • 30 Bingo cards and call out cards
  • Blank template with just the words to add your own definitions or use with pairs and/or groups

Thanks for stopping by!


You may also be interested in these other trait products:

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