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A Closer Look At Characters

Character Trait Changes and Development Anchor Chart

I don't know about your students, but mine seem fascinated by the changes characters can go through in a story!  We have been having some great discussions about this.  I use that roller coaster visual to help them "see" the changes and it really helps.

Books for Character Trait Changes and Development

We started off with Finklehopper Frog- great story about a frog wanting to fit in with his friends, but he gets made fun of and feels left out.  I always love those moments when my students react the way they do when a character is mistreated in a story.  They are so empathetic and look as if it almost hurts THEM when the character gets their feelings hurt.  LOVE that!  

Word Choice Anchor Chart Dollar Words

We stop part way through the story and brainstorm some character trait words.  I do a lot of talking about Dollar Words and Penny Words in my classes.  I teach the students to be mindful of word choices.  Again, the visuals truly help- dollar vs penny.

Word Choice Anchor Chart Penny Words

It is funny how quickly the students realize when they use a penny word and want to switch it out for a dollar word!  They also like coming up with new dollar words that we haven't used.  Great for their writing and vocabulary development too!

Books for Character Trait Changes and Development

After we constructed our character changes anchor chart together, we were ready to do a little more independent work on our own.  Chrysanthemum follows the same pattern of character changes that Finklehopper Frog does, so we tackled this one next.

Character Trait Changes and Development Activity

I had the students fill in the visual roller coaster first.  Then they went back and used that visual chart to help them prove the evidence.  Being able to provide evidence is a huge step!  The students inferring and deeper understanding is amazing.  They surprised me at how some of the understood that when Chrysanthemum went home, her parents tried to push her up the coaster hill with their encouraging words and actions, but each time she went back to school and was made fun of, Chrysanthemum would slide back down into that valley.  They totally understood that back and forth until there was a change at school with the other characters' behavior! 

Character Trait Changes and Development Activity

You can grab a chart like these by clicking here or on either of the two above pictures if you are also working on character changes.  Hope your kids love it like mine have!

Story Retelling Puzzles

Story Retelling Puzzles-Includes recording sheets


Alternative Seating & RTI Interventions

Alternative Seating Hokki Stools

I've got some wiggly little ones.  I bet you do too!  Several of my students have a hard time keeping their pockets down on the chair and not moving all over the place.  After a lot of research into alternative seating, I decided to give it a try and see if it helps my distracted students.

Alternative Seating Hokki Stools

These are Hokki stools and so far I am loving them.  They are curved on the bottom, which allows for some movement while sitting.  I will say the very first day my most wiggliest students were moving on these stools like crazy.  I wasn't sure that I had made a good decision.  I wanted to help my distracted students, not make the distractions worse!  Now as the new is wearing off, I think it is going to be a good fit.  Everyone but the most wiggly is doing well with them.  For those that just cannot sit still and want to spin, guidelines will have to be set.  These seats are going to give students more room at my table, help them to sit tall and not lean on the table, and provide an appropriate way for them to still get in some movement while staying in their area and continuing to learn!

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

Our new alternative seating will be getting a good work out during RTI.  A new resource for RTI time is this Blends & Digraphs Intervention Binder.

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

I love to use sounds linking charts with my students, whether it is an ABC chart, cvc charts or this blends & digraphs chart.  We read it forwards, backwards, row by row, I call out a sound, etc...  Readers who have difficulty often need to go over these sounds daily for them to become automatic.


Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

My goal is to move students from individual sounds to chunks of sounds.

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

I want the students to put the sounds together in chunks and for some that takes practice.

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

During RTI, some students need to practice these sounds everyday.

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

Moving students from practicing words right into sentence reading is important.  I want them reading in context.

Blends and Digraphs Intervention Binder for RTI

Then students can get in some practice with their fluency and comprehension.  

CVC Interventions Binder for RTI

The Blends and Digraphs Interventions Binder is a companion to this CVC Intervention Binder.  Just click the pictures or colored words to be taken to see them.  


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