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Successful Ways to Teach Character Traits Definition Through Mentor Texts

While discussing with my young students character traits examples, it became clear that there were many terms that they were not familiar with. They would default to words like nice, mean, or good.

Character Traits Definition Bulletin Board

So I decided to pair some character traits definitions with characters in our read-aloud stories. After reading and discussing the story, I ask the children to give me two or three character trait words that describe the character on the inside. Then I printed a copy of the book cover and added the terms to a bulletin board.

character traits example bulletin board

Character Traits Definition Posters

Another handy character traits definition tool are character trait posters. I like to display them as a vocabulary-building tool.

These character posters explain positive and negative character traits in kid-friendly language. Click on the image to preview what’s included.

I also wrote an article that goes into more detail on how to teach lessons on character traits. You can find 5 Easy Ways to Teach What Character Traits Are HERE.

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    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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    Hi! I'm Alison

    My #1 passion is all things literacy! I'm a curriculum creator and literacy specialist with over 30 years teaching in elementary classrooms. My goal is to share creative and engaging ways to grow your students and are easy to implement and academically sound. You can expect to find teaching tips to boost your confidence and grow your learners. You don't have to do this alone! I'm the support you've been looking for. I'm so glad you are here!

    About the Literacy Garden

    When I started teaching, I quickly realized that student teaching didn't prepare me for the real challenges of being alone in a classroom full of young children. The learning curve was steep and time was limited. That is why I created the Literacy Garden. My hope is this will be a place for inspiration, mentoring, and connecting.

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