There are many lists of character trait words out there (just search for it, they're easy to find and free). I mashed them up and made my own. Feel free to use it. Click on the image below for the full document.
To help my students strengthen their understandings, we started by identifying the words on the list we weren't sure of. We identified 14 words including:
Then, I assigned one word to small groups of students ~ a word for each group. They had TEN minutes to:
1. Figure out the meaning of the word using classroom resources
2. Design a tableau - essentially a frozen scene - demonstrating the trait
3. Make or gather any needed props
Each group presented their tableau and the class used inference skills to figure out the meaning of the word.
I'll be posting these images on a wall in the classroom as visual reminders. We'll be doing the remaining 8 words over the next two days.
The students had so much fun that they cheered when I told them we would do it again tomorrow. Ahhh... happy learning students = happy teacher
Were you surprised by any of the words they didn't know?