Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Character Traits

Our last unit before break was Character Traits.  I have been meaning to post this for quite some time but I was so busy with end of quarter testing, and then I got sick with strep throat just before Christmas (which I'm just now beginning to get over).  I created several activities that I thought I'd share.

First we discussed physical, or outside, traits.  We listed the physical traits of several characters on chart paper (sorry, forgot to take pictures).  A couple of great read-alouds for this were Stand Tall Molly Lou Melon and Moosestache. We also did these sheets:
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The, the students designed a creature. I downloaded several coloring pages of aliens/monsters from the internet and had the students color them.  Then, they filled in this sheet describing their creatures' physical traits.  I wish I had some pictures of the finished product.  They were adorable.
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Then, we began talking about character traits.  We had a specific list of trait words to work on.  We did several T-charts listing the trait and the evidence from the text or pictures.  I made this worksheet as a checkpoint to see who was "getting it."  (I read these aloud to them.)

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Click here to download
Most students were doing well at identifying traits, but weren't being specific with their proof from the text, so we did several examples of being specific and then did this sheet. 
In the end, only about 60% of my students were proficient/advanced on the post-test.  Not great results.  So, the other half of my class gets to go over it all again in small groups! 

Hopefully someone out there can use these.  Enjoy!


kathy said...

I love your character trait activities! I was not able to view and download them since I did not have permission to do so. Could you check your settings? Thanks!

Rachael Hope said...

Thanks for pointing that out! I think I have fixed them all so they are public. Let me know if they still don't work! (I'm still new at this!)

Chrissy said...

Hi! Your documents are terrific--love the borders, too!

Happy New Year!

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Ms. Solano's Kindergarten

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Thank you all for visiting! Tanya, so excited...I've never gotten an award before!

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izzy said...

you really help my 1st graders learn character traits! thanks