Teaching Character Traits: Low Prep Activities

Teaching character traits to upper elementary students can be a complex task. It’s more than just reading a fictional story and labeling characters with certain traits. Students must analyze how characters change over time, compare different characters and their traits, use evidence from the text to identify certain character traits, build their character trait vocabulary, and more.

The resources below offer a variety of different activities to help you when teaching character traits to upper elementary students. Use them to differentiate your character trait instruction, plan engaging lessons, and save time.

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The character trait links above provide free ideas, activities, and printables you can use when teaching character traits to your elementary students. The activities included will work best for 3rd grade and 4th grade, although many of the activities could be adapted to reach younger or older students.

The activities above address the following Common Core Standards:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.3.3
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.3
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


All of the links above provide free ideas for teaching character trait activities into your classroom. If you like the activities but don’t want all of the prep, you might be interested in my CHARACTER TRAITS BUNDLE. It includes task cards, no prep activities, cut and paste activities, reading passages, and more.