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Character Traits of the Candidates
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.
Respect and Responsibility Character Traits - Cut and Paste Activity
Seventh graders move (via Cut and Paste Methods) text within the same document with 80% accuracy.
Recognizing Positive Character Traits
Connect character education to this St. Patrick's Day activity! Have each person create a rainbow on a pot of gold with construction paper, and on each color of the rainbow write a positive character trait or something they are proud of. This can be done individually or as a class, and it could be done any day of the year.
Sorting Characters in More Than One Way
Introduce your class to characterization. Familiar story characters are sorted into "good" and "bad" categories based on the characters' personalites and actions in the story. The class discusses and describes characters they have read about and generates a list of common character traits. They then work independently to label and sort other familiar characters.
Sorting Based on Character Traits
Characters from a story can be sorted by their traits, just like shapes or objects can. First the children list several character traits on a chart, they read a familiar story, and then sort the characters by their friendly or unfriendly traits. As a class, they read the story Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes and analyze character actions to determine which character should falls under the friendly or unfriendly classification.
Character Traits - Who are We?
Sixth graders examine character traits. In this character education instructional activity, 6th graders set goals to strengthen particular personal character traits. Students watch their instructor model the character trait journaling strategy prior to making entries in their own personal journals.
Wanted a Few Good Friends
What makes a good friend? Choose four character traits for this activity and post them at the four corners of your classroom. Explain that learners will be completing a survey of sorts, choosing which of the traits they think is most important. They show their choice by standing next to the paper. While groups are still standing, demonstrate tallying the data on the board. Once all the data has been recorded, learners can be seated and discuss why they chose their trait. Extend this by having them also illustrate what this trait looks like or graph the results.
Fifth graders write a character rap. In this language arts instructional activity, 5th graders select a character trait and create a four to six line poem focusing the chosen character trait.
The Hero: Writing and Responding
Students identify heroic character traits that they admire and that inspire trust and result in service to others. They identify the heroic traits of a character of their choosing and defend their reasoning using evidence from the text and a definition of a hero. Students write a well-organized essay that includes a thesis.
Trapped by the Ice
Third graders read the story "Trapped by the Ice" which is about the Antarctic adventures of Sir Ernest Shackleton. They identify, write and share examples of respect and responsibility demonstrated by the stories' characters. Students create a character trait doll about themselves. Students write ways they show respect and responsibility.
Civil War Personalities
Students explore Civil War heroes. In this American history and character development activity, students work in a group to read a biography of a Civil War hero and list character traits this leader exhibited. Students match these character traits with a person they know now, and share why they chose that person as a role model.
The Fox and the Goat
Students investigate characters' traits in a specific fable by noticing what they think, say, and do. They study key vocabulary and complete a vocabulary worksheet. They work in groups to discuss how you know if a person is kind.
Pepita Talks Twice
Third graders read Pepita Talks Twice and define the character traits of respect and responsibility. They write their examples of the characters traits on a character trait doll. Students recognize the character traits of respect and responsibility they possess in themselves. They write about similarities/differences between themselves and the main character in the story.
Charting the Course
Ninth graders explore the meaning of the term philanthropy. In this Social Studies lesson, 9th graders research examples of people that represent good citizens. Students create a skit that demonstrates a specific character trait.
What Makes a Hero?
Middle schoolers examine the character traits of heroes. In this heroes instructional activity, students discuss the traits that make a person a hero and what type of organizations promote humane treatment of animals. They make a "Heroes for Animals: Wall of Fame" based on the animals research assignment they complete for homework.
Students write a character sketch in five paragraphs about a character from a story they know. In this character lesson plan, students write about the character's traits, their opinion of them, their role in the story, and more.
Discovering Our Legacy of Giving
Seventh graders examine the characteristics of philanthropists. In this cross- curricular instructional activity, 7th graders evaluate the character traits of people from a film. Students write a metaphor about responsibility to community.
Cinderella Stories: An African Tale
Students read and analyze an African version of the Cinderella story. They listen to John Steptoe's story, "Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters," locate Africa on a map, compare and contrast the story with Cinderella, and identify fairytale and character traits.
Integrity and a Boy Called Slow
Fifth graders identify the character trait of integrity in the main character, Slow, in "A Boy Called Slow." They participate in a discussion to determine what steps the main character took to earn his new name. Students write an essay describing their plan for earning their new name.
Michelle Kwan: Heart of a Champion
Who is a champion to your class? Elementary and middle schoolers think of a role-model from their lives. Then, in their journals, they write evidence of that person's perseverance. They identify the character trait of perseverance with the autobiographical character, Michelle Kwan. Additionally, they write a personal narrative essay that describes the steps they took to achieve a personal goal.