Then we started looking at characters from our favorite read alouds: Like Junie B. from the Junie B. Jones Series and David from No, David and It's Christmas, David. We described how they act (silly, helpful, smart) and then looked deeper at emotions that they feel throughout the text. We realized that poor David feels a lot of things:
Then we pretended that our characters had speech bubbles over their heads. What were the characters in our just right books thinking? We used A Bad Kitty Christmas as our mentor text.
We had a blast acting out the actions during one of our Junie B. Jones chapter. It's fun to gasp and roll our eyes when we won't get in trouble for it! (Don't worry- we also talked about the consequences Junie B. would face if she was in our class)
We even made puppets to show how our characters come to life during the stories. These puppets were perfect for our Merry Christmas, George read aloud.
We spent some time comparing characters- both how they acted at the beginning and the end, as well as comparing two characters from within the same text.
Overall, the kids had a great time and really understand that fictional characters act just like real people!
What kind of activities do you do with your kids and character traits? The activities above came from Jennifer Serravallo's Reading Strategies book (a must have for ELA teachers!)
Hope everyone is enjoying their break!