Use this free set of resources to help your students differentiate between physical and character traits during your reading workshop.
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This activity we have created is designed to help your students see the difference between physical and character traits.
The Physical and Character Traits Lesson
To begin, choose a book that has fairly distinctive characters, possibly a Kevin Henkes or Tommie de Paola book.
Print the provided anchor chart and graphic organizer on poster paper.
We also provide the graphic organizer for students to use during independent reading time.
To begin, discuss the difference between physical traits (what the character looks like) and character traits (what they character’s personality portrays.) Show and discuss the traits shown on the anchor chart. Have the students share more to add to the chart.
Read aloud the story or portion of the story for today’s lesson. (To help keep your mini-lesson in the time frame, we like to use a book we have already read with our class.)
When finished reading or revisiting a story, have students brainstorm physical and character traits for a chosen character.
Model completing the All About the Character graphic organizer.
Explain the All About the Character graphic organizer. Have students work to complete the organizer with a book of their choice during independent reading.