Even though the weather hasn't caught on to that fact, the kids sure have. It seemed like the whole class was super antsy and chatty today. Still, we got a lot done and had some fun while doing it.
In fact, this whole week has been quite exciting for both me and the kiddos. We started new units in math, reading, and writing, with the Character Study and Persuasive Writing units being brand new to the teachers too.
That being said, I am linking up with Jessica from Ideas by Jivey for Workshop Wednesday and Teaching Blog Addict for Freebie Friday. This week the theme is reading graphic organizers, so I will share some of the cool Character Study resources that I have tracked down and made for our new unit.
To start off, I am in LOVE with these adorable character profile pages from Sarah Kirby at Permanently Primary. Stop by her blog to get them for free.
Readworks.org has some great free lesson plans and resources for all grades K-6. For the first grade unit, the lessons focus on David Shannon's No David! books. I'm also using some of the second grade lessons which use some great Kevin Henkes books.
I plan to use this prediction thought bubble with my class on Friday.
Now, here's a little something I made for my students to use to record character actions throughout the story. Click the picture to download it.
Also, since a big focus of our unit is to encourage our students to be "Character Detectives," who pay attention to the character's actions, I made these graphic organizers for the students to use to record what they notice and what it tells them about the character. Click the pictures to download.
So, now I have a question for you all. What books would you recommend to use for character study? I have used and plan to use more David Shannon and Kevin Henkes books, but I would love other recommendations. Please leave me a comment with your ideas! I look forward to reading them.
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