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Character Traits

by Jill & Cathy on October 8, 2015

Character Traits | Graphic Organizers | Mini-Lessons | Exit Tickets | Centers | Anchor Charts | FREE from The Curriculum CornerHere we have created a collection of resources for you to use as you teach character traits in your Reading Workshop.  This post begins with the assumption that students are able to identify the main characters in stories.  It focuses on resources to help students understand what character traits are, as well as the difference between the physical and character traits of the actual characters in stories.   We have added a few organizers at the end that will help your students begin to understand how to compare characters using their knowledge of character traits, as well as identifying and describing how a character might have changed within a story.

Character Traits Resources

Character Traits | Graphic Organizers | Mini-Lessons | Exit Tickets | Centers | Anchor Charts | FREE from The Curriculum CornerCharacter Traits Organizer – This organizer is meant to help your students begin thinking about the difference between actual physical traits and internal character traits of the characters in their stories.  Model this organizer in front of the class as you ask students to begin to think more deeply about the characters in their stories.

Character Traits Lists – Here are two anchor charts which give your students some ideas for beginning character traits.  These will help to move students away from describing their characters using only their appearances and will get them to focus on the personalities of the characters in their stories.  We have created two anchor charts so that you can choose the one that is best for your students. You might use both as a means to differentiate among your students.

Character Traits vs. Physical Traits Sorting Cards (with Recording Page) – If you feel some of your students might need more practice with distinguishing between physical and character traits, we have created a set of 36 trait cards for students to sort.  These could be used for a mini-lesson, a small guided reading group activity or even a literacy center.  We have included a recording page if you want students to write the words they are reading as they sort.

Character Traits Organizers – Here are four graphic organizers you can model for students during mini-lessons to further discuss and/or review character traits.  Give them to students during independent reading so that you can talk them over during reading conferences to check for understanding.

Character Traits Exit Tickets – This is a set of three different exit tickets focused on characters.  They vary in level so you can use them as you move through your teaching or you can differentiate for the needs of students in your classroom.   The first has students simply identifying the main character, the second requires students to identify the main character along with a physical and a character trait, and the third has students identifying a character trait while supporting evidence from their story.

Comparing Characters – This graphic organizer has students using what they’ve learned about the characters’ traits to compare characters from the same story or different stories.  As always, model this for students before expecting them to work independently.

Characters Change – We also need to get our students thinking about how characters may change in the fiction stories they read.  (This will be the basis for understanding static vs. dynamic characters as their reading level grows.)   Choose a book where the main character changes in some way from the beginning to the end (maybe a story where the character learns a valuable lesson and is changed by that lesson).  Read the story aloud and model this organizer which will require your students to pinpoint a character’s traits, describe the problem the character faced and decide how the character has changed in the story.  Be sure to remind students that not all characters change in stories, so they will need to think carefully about their specific characters in order to be able to complete this organizer.

Story Map – This is a simple story map that includes a review of elements such as main character, setting, problem and solution, but also contains a section for students to list character traits.


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Fall Season Write It! Read It! Draw It!

by Jill & Cathy on October 8, 2015

Fall Themed Write It Read It Draw It Sentences | literacy centers | FREE | The Curriculum CornerThese three sets of Write It! Read It! Draw It! pages are designed with a fall theme in mind.  We have a traditional fall set, a Halloween set (for those of you who are able to have holiday themes in your classroom) and a football set.  GO COLTS!!!!! :)

Students cut out and read the words at the bottom of the pages.  They then create meaning by arranging them into a sentence, gluing them in the blank boxes, writing the sentence on the line, reading it for comprehension and finally illustrating the sentence to further show understanding.

The first links for each set doesn’t contain punctuation and doesn’t have the first word capitalized so students will need to remember to do that on their own.  For those students who still need that support, there is a second document provided for a bit of differentiation. We have also again provided a blank page so that you can differentiate even further by making up your own sentences using sight words or other fall themed words and phrases.

Fall Themed Write! Read! Draw!

Fall Themed Write! Read! Draw! (punctuation & capitals)

Halloween Themed Write! Read! Draw!

Halloween Themed Write! Read! Draw! (punctuation & capitals)

Football Themed Write! Read! Draw!

Football Themed Write! Read! Draw! (punctuation & capitals)


Measurement Booklet

October 5, 2015

 We’ve updated our measurement booklet to include more practice pages.  Choose the pages that fit your students. Printable Measurement Booklet

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Common Core Toolkit K-8

October 5, 2015

We’ve partnered with our friends at VariQuest to bring you a complete Common Core Toolkit.  The free download is available on their blog and includes 388 downloadable posters.  All of the resources are designed using our “I Can” Common Core Statements. You will find this amazing resource here:  Common Core Toolkit

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FREE Books for Your Classroom!!!!

October 5, 2015

Cathy and I get approached quite a bit these days to try out and review all kinds of products.  Of course we typically only review educational resources and we politely decline those we don’t feel would truly benefit our followers. Recently we were approached by Epic! – a children’s eBook subscription service.  Of course we […]

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Telling Time Booklet 2

October 4, 2015

Use this collection of pages to create telling time practice pages for your students.  We have included one page with blank clocks so you can draw in hands to create just right practice for your students.  Remember to differentiate your booklets by providing the pages that are appropriate for the children in your class. Telling […]

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Money Booklet

September 30, 2015

The booklet contains 27 pages plus a cover.  The pages address coin identification as well as counting coins.  It is designed for easy differentiation with similar pages, but varying levels.  Choose the right pages to create a class review booklet, to address needs in a small guided math group or for small differentiated groups at […]

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Informational Text Writing Unit of Study

September 25, 2015

We have created this informational text writing unit of study to help guide your students through the nonfiction writing process.   Current reading standards emphasize the importance of students learning how to pull important information from informational text.  This writing unit is designed to teach students how to research and turn the facts they find […]

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Thematic Vocabulary Resources Round-Up

September 24, 2015

Earlier this year we posted a series of sets of thematic vocabulary words which included words & definitions surrounding topics you might be studying in your classrooms.  These were meant to supplement the learning that takes place in your science or social studies curriculum.  Each set includes word cards, definition cards, and a student binder […]

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Parts of Speech

September 19, 2015

Although we always like to try teach the parts of speech within the context of real writing so that students can improve their word choice, some straight forward or explicit teaching is sometimes needed so that students truly understand them.  In 3rd grade a CCSS standard that addresses parts of speech is: ELA-LITERACY.L.3.1.A: Explain the function […]

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Flocabulary – FREE 45 day subscription plus giveaway

September 18, 2015

Do you use Flocabulary in your classroom?  If you don’t – you should be!  If you haven’t heard of it, it is the most amazing site with videos your kids will soon be singing in the halls.  Unlike so many of those videos we come across, these are catchy but not in a way that […]

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1st Grade Geometry

September 17, 2015

This post contains several resources addressing first grade geometry standards (CCSS listed below).  We have provided the resources in two different links, one for 2-dimensional shapes and the other for 3-dimensional shapes.  Short descriptions of each resource are provided, but most of them can be used for direct teaching, small guided groups, math centers and […]

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S’mores Equivalent Fractions Game

September 15, 2015

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are ours alone. #ReadySetSnack #CollectiveBias Camping and S’mores are a favorite fall theme for the classroom.  It is a fun theme that is easy to carry into many aspects of the classroom.  This is why we are excited to partner with Hershey’s […]

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Fry Fluency Sentence Resources

September 14, 2015

We have had some requests for a checklist format to go along with our Fry fluency sentences so that teachers can conduct quick assessments of these sentences with students. For the these sentences, we separated the Fry list into groups of twenty words.  We then wrote a set of sentences that includes all the words […]

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Understanding Place Value (1st Grade Booklet)

September 7, 2015

This booklet was created to address the first grade CCSS math standards. 1st Grade Place Value Booklet The booklet contains 19 pages plus a cover.  It is designed for easy differentiation with similar pages at different levels.  Choose the right pages for your students and create a great review booklet.  We know that back to […]

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