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One lesson I am trying to teach my 4th graders is the difference between character traits and the feelings these characters have. Most of my students are still stuck in "they feel sad, or they are happy" I want to give them more traits to think about to describe characters.

Any thoughts on how to do this in a fun or effective way? Thanks.


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Traits are more descriptive than a feeling, such as; caring, knowledgable, reflective. They can describe a situation - not just a thought.
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Feelings are more like weather. It can be sunny in the morning, but change to rainy in the afternoon. Feelings can change from happy in the morning to sad in the afternoon. Character traits are more like climate. The climate is usually sunny in Florida for long periods of time. An athletic character trait or kind character trait usually lasts for a long period of time. Would that analogy help?
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Ask a student how they would feel if their best friend had lied to them? (feeling) sad, mad, angry...Then ask the same student if they would lie to their best friend? (trait) No, I wouldn't lie because I know it's wrong. (good character {trait/ wise, trustworthy} Traits are how you would act in a situation, your feelings will fade...but traits in from deep inside.
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this description. I will be teaching 4th next year (down from 6th) so some of the ways that I describe story elements will be slightly different. Thanks!


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These are great suggestions. Thanks so much.
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