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Combining art, music, dance, and reading comprehension, this activity is geared to reach all ability levels. After reading a variety of fables and discussing story elements and character traits, class members select a moral to use as the basis of their own fable about two characters, one with foibles and one without. Your fabulists then collaborate on a class mural, a music composition, and a dance which reflect the traits of characters in their stories. Document it all on a class website.
Young scholars explore Civil War heroes.  In this American history and character development instructional activity, students work in a group to read a biography of a Civil War hero and list character traits this leader exhibited. Young scholars match these character traits with a person they know now, and share why they chose that person as a role model.
Lensey Namioka’s Yang the Youngest and His Terrible Ear provides an opportunity for young readers to observe how writers bring their characters to life. Each class member selects a character to trace through the novel, recording character traits and finding examples to show how these distinctive features are revealed.
Exploring character traits is a fascinating process. First, read Song of the Trees, by Mildred Taylor, and then utilize technology to determine the character traits of the main characters from the story. The Microsoft Word files needed to complete the lesson are embedded in the plan. These files take small groups through the process of creating a cause and effect map for each character.
Students create a mobile that includes each of the six planets. They list the character traits of each of the characters from the six planets visited by the Prince. They present their project to the class and teacher.
Teaching young learners about similes is easy as pie with this primary grade language arts instructional activity. Following a class reading of the children's book, Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, young readers learn the definition of a simile as they look at the numerous examples presented in the story. Children then apply this new writing technique to create mini booklets that include five similes describing their own character traits. To support young writers with this activity, consider providing sentence frames that can be used when developing original similes. This fun activity is bound to engage children as they learn about this common form of figurative language.
Students define character traits. In this character trait lesson, students work in small groups to create an illustrated character trait sheet. They include the trait, a definition, a matching illustration, and use the word in a sentence. 
Students identify character traits. In this reading comprehension lesson, students read the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and discuss the characters. Students identify positive and negative character traits from the story.
Here is a lesson which is "flexible," and can operate as an individual or whole class activity. After reading a book of their choosing, with the use of a semantic map, learners identify character traits. They infer how their feelings towards the main character of the story changed throughout their reading. Finally they create a character Bio Poem. Incorporate these activities into any story you read.
Learners explore characterization in literature. In this character traits lesson, students use inference skills to identify character traits in a piece of literature.
Sixth graders explore details from a story to develop ideas and opinions about character traits. Using a Smart Board, 6th graders create a chart explaining the character's action and traits. In groups, students discuss and describe actions and identify traits from specific characters.
Students read "Frog and Toad are Friends" and investigate physical, emotional, and mental character traits. They brainstorm a list of character traits that make a good friend. The list is placed into a visual ranking system that is shared with their classmates.
Students analyze and identify character traits. They be asked to listen carefully to the description of the character Mrs. Winterbottom taken from the novel Walk Two Moons to develop their character analysis skills.
Explore character traits using this resource. After reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears, learners fill in a graph identifying character traits. Then, they write and put on a skit. This resource provides a motivating way to engage in this topic.
Students read Holes, by Louis Sachar. In this character focused lesson, students use a chart to fill out the character traits of a person in the book and come up with proof of those traits. They complete one chart on a character as a class and then work independently on different characters from the book. This lesson includes the chart worksheet for this activity.
In this identifying meanings of character traits worksheet, students define and explain the character traits ambitious, responsible, envious, considerate, strict, superstitious, efficient, polite, suspicious, and cruel. Students write 20 answers.
Students examine various careers and character traits. They create an Affinity Chart using career survey results, compare/contrast personality traits and character traits, and discuss why character traits are important for jobs.
For this writing worksheet, students read a short story about character traits in "The Long Road to Greatness". Students underline the sentences that show Thomas Alva Edison's character traits and then write down 2 words that describe him. Students fill in a web about a person they know about and include 2 key traits about them.
Fourth graders read the story Out of the Blue and make inferences about the character Ben Franklin. They design a bubble map using Inspiration computer program that focuses on Ben Franklin. They cite text that supports the character traits.
Students describe a perfect and "not so perfect" teacher, listing descriptive adjectives and discussing personality traits that are beneficial for different professions. In this character trait lesson, students write a Bio Poem about a chosen presidential candidate, draw a picture and label personality traits. Students write a paragraph describing their favorite celebrity as an assessment.

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