Character Trait Resources

Practice character traits in variety of ways. The first section has activities that help build students’ character trait vocabulary. The second section has students practice identifying character traits within text. The third section has students practice character trait skills while writing.

Character Traits – Building Vocabulary


Character Traits Lists
3 character trait lists to help students improve their character trait vocabulary. One lists character traits sorted by synonym, another lists positive character traits, and another lists negative character traits. FREE!

Character Traits: Happy Vs. Sad Sort
Students build vocabulary by sorting synonyms of the words “happy” and “sad.” A cut and paste activity.

Character Traits Nice Vs. Mean Sort
Students build vocabulary by sorting synonyms of the words “nice” and “mean.” A cut and paste activity.

Character Traits Word Sort
Students sort character trait words based on their meaning. Students must sort the words given into 5 different groups.

Character Traits Word Wall
Create a character trait word wall for students to use as reference and build their character trait vocabulary. FREE!

Character Traits: Apply it to Yourself
Students fill in this graphic organizer by drawing a picture of themselves and describing their own character traits.

Character Traits Mobile
Students create a mobile that describes their own character traits. FREE!

Character Traits Vocabulary - Scavenger Hunt
Students go on a “scavenger hunt,” sorting different character trait words by different categories.

Character Traits: Word Sort Continuum
Students organize character traits on a continuum, thinking about the connotations of each word. Includes a small group activity and an individual activity.

Character Traits Wordle
Students create a “Wordle” online by describing their character traits. Student instructions and a grading rubric are included. FREE!

Character Traits Slideshow
A slideshow you can share with your class to help build character trait vocabulary. FREE!

Character Traits – Practice within Text

Character Traits List: Sorted by Synonyms
Students can use this character traits list as a reference to build their character trait vocabulary.

Character Traits Cut and Paste #1
Students read short paragraphs and identify the main character trait of each paragraph.

Character Traits Cut and Paste #2
Students read short paragraphs and identify the main character trait of each paragraph.

Making Inferences About Character Traits: Task Cards
Students read short paragraphs and determine the character traits for each paragraph.

Character Traits Higher Order Thinking Questions
Character trait questions to ask your students while reading different texts that encourage higher order thinking. The questions are based off of Bloom’s Taxonomy. FREE!

Character Traits Reading Passage with Report Card Graphic Organizer
Students read a passage and fill in a “report card” grading different characters on their traits.

Character Traits Reading Passage: Beginning Vs. End
Students read a passage and compare the main character’s traits at the beginning of the story to their traits at the end of the story.

Character Traits Reading Passage with Chart
Students read a passage and fill in a chart describing the characters’ traits.

Character Traits Report Card: Reusable Graphic Organizer
A graphic organizer you can use with any fiction text in which the characters show strong traits. FREE!

Character Traits Chart: Reusable Graphic Organizer
A graphic organizer you can use with any fiction text in which the characters show strong traits. FREE!

Character Traits Venn Diagram: Reusable Graphic Organizer
A graphic organizer you can use with any fiction text in which the main character’s traits change from the beginning of the story to the end of the story. FREE!

Character Trait Centers

Character Traits Maze: Compassionate  
Students complete the maze by shading in details that a character who is compassionate might think, do, or say.

Character Traits Maze: Impatient  
Students complete the maze by shading in details that a character who is impatient might think, do, or say.

Character Traits Maze: Respectful  
Students complete the maze by shading in details that a character who is respectful might think, do, or say.

Character Traits Maze: Bossy
Students complete the maze by shading in details that a character who is bossy might think, do, or say.

Character Traits Maze: Hardworking  
Students complete the maze by shading in details that a character who is bossy might think, do, or say.

Character Traits Spin
Students use a pencil and paper clip to create a spinner and “spin” a character trait. Students write a paragraph about what a character with that trait would do, say, and think. 3 different pages, with 3 different spinners, are included.

Character Traits Sort
Students are given 6 different character traits and 18 paragraph cards. Students must sort the paragraph cards based on the character traits shown by the character. The character traits addressed are selfish, arrogant, unforgiving, thoughtful, honest, and content.

Character Traits – Writing Integration

Character Traits: Write about Jobs
Have students think and write about the character traits that would be needed for different jobs.

Character Traits Would You Rather Questions
Students answer “Would You Rather” Questions about different character traits.

Character Traits Writing Prompt #1
Students write a story with at least characters. One of the characters is humorous and another character is grouchy.

Character Traits Writing Prompt #2
Students write a story where the main character’s traits changes from the beginning to the end of the story.

Character Traits Writing Prompt #3
Students write a short story using certain character traits.

Character Traits Writing Prompt #4
Students write a story, making sure to give their characters traits.