This set of 140 task cards include the character, the character trait, and the page number where text evidence can be found to support that character’s trait. Characters included are:
• Annemarie Johansen
• Kirsti Johansen
• Ellen Rosen
• Peter Neilsen
• Mrs. Johansen
• Mr. Johansen
• Mrs. Rosen
• Mr. Rosen
• Uncle Henrik
• King Christian X
• Nazi German Soldiers
These task cards are differentiated to meet the needs of all the students in your class. The author sometimes tells us the traits of the characters directly, but more often, character traits must be inferred. Both types are included in this set. Choose task cards based on individual student needs and expectations. Students are either given or choose a task card, find the page listed. and cite evidence from that page to support the character trait listed on the card. An answer key is provided. The answer key outlines each card’s supporting text evidence. See Preview for samples.
Identifying character traits help readers to better understand the fictional characters in Number the Stars. We can get to know these characters through their thoughts, actions, words, and how they react to events in the story. These task cards assist students in understanding that characters always change throughout every story, and they can define a character’s personality by understanding the character traits they display.
A wide variety of character trait cards have been included. Use as many or as few as you need. I will often use the page numbers to organize the cards to be used during reading (for either a discussion prompt or writing practice), or have students select cards after reading, as a culminating writing activity. Simply have students choose or assign students a card, and have them write the text evidence that "proves" the character trait is appropriate for that character. Remind students they must write the Card # on their text evidence. I've found students enjoy using notecards to cite evidence, and then attach the task card to their answer.
Use these cards in a variety of ways. Some suggestions:
• Writing Journal activity
• Discussion Prompt
• Center Activity
• With individual students
• With pairs or small groups
• With whole class
• Homework Assignment
• Provide students with blank cards; they complete the cards; swap with partners/groups to complete writing activity
• Provide students with several cards for the same character, to show how a character changes based on story events
Print either as is, in black and white, or on to colored stock paper. Laminate for durability.
Another suggestion is to simply print out as a packet and have students work on the project throughout the novel. This way, differentiating is a breeze! There are so many task cards to choose from, everyone can be working on their own level, yet their "packets" look the same, which students who struggle will really appreciate!
NOTE: I have three (3) different publications of Number the Stars in my classroom, and the page numbers are exactly the same in all texts. As such, I’m confident the page numbers do not change depending on publications. However, be sure to check that the page numbers on the task cards match the page numbers on your publication. If they happen to be different, cards can be easily adjusted.
NUMBER THE STARS, Chapter Quizzes