2nd grade students are talking a lot this year about character descriptions. I have a section of the classroom wall devoted to describing characters in books we read. I have copied the book cover and students take turn working together to write a few sentences about character traits of the main character. Not only do they name a few character traits, they also give examples from the story that led them to infer the character trait.
This week my goal was for students to transfer the concept of character traits to our school mascot, Monte. They used Popplet to give 4 examples about Monte and explain their reasoning. The explanation part went well, but most students described feelings rather than character traits. I guess we'll continue to practice.