This resource aims to help students identify the character traits they encounter while reading. This resource contains: 10 emotion visuals; 2 graphic organizers; 5 worksheets (multi-level); 18 discussion questions; 20 game cards for memory/go fish; 6 pages of character traits (2 pages for each vocabulary level – 3 vocabulary tiers); and 10 student created anchor chart templates.
Suggestions for Implementation:
The resource starts with students identifying basic emotions and describing and comparing them through a Looks Like, Feels Like, Sounds Like chart. It continues to reinforce emotion vocabulary through a set of memory or go fish cards. It aims to help them identify what a character trait looks like (facial expression, body language and body movement), feels like and sounds like. Individually students can cut, past and match the emotions to the appropriate image through a worksheet.
There is a small group sorting activity within this resource. Break your class up into ten groups and give each group an emotion chart and copies of the character traits. There are three tiers of character trait vocabulary to choose from. This is a great way to differentiate. Each group will select which traits go with the emotion visual they have and paste the appropriate traits on their chart. The groups can present their chart to the class. At the end, ask the class the discussion questions using a think pair share format. The students' work can be posted and referred to as student generated anchor charts on the class wall or board.
Following the emotion and character trait activities, students can complete the Tasty Character Trait worksheet on themselves or on a partner. Afterwards students can demonstrate their understanding by completing one of the worksheets where they need to identify a character trait and provide evidence for it from a read-aloud. This worksheet can also be used in a literacy center or as a follow up to a guided reading activity.