analyzed character traits using books written by Kevin Henkes.
Each day we would read a new book and discuss the characters in
the story, which happened to be mice. We read Chester�s Way,
Sheila Rae, the Brave, Owen, and Wemberly
Worried. We discussed the actions of each main character and
words we could use to describe a character. To help students not
use the words nice or good, we used a list of character traits
from Laura Candler�s
I helped the
students create the first character web. Each day more and more
of the responsibility fell on the student. In computer lab, we
used Kidspiration to create a character web. The children
enjoyed this because they can identify with Kevin Henkes�
characters. Kidspiration is new to our computer lab so that was
exciting to have students working with the program on their own
We ended our
character study by voting on our favorite character. We used
Graph Club to create a bar graph. We enjoyed participating in
the Mouse Tales project.
R10.2.7 Use graphic organizers, including
story maps, semantic or attribute maps, and Venn diagrams to
make meaning of the reading selection.
R10.2.18 Use pictures and charts to
R 9.2.5 Locate information within the text
to answer literal and inferential questions.
R 9.2.2 Make connections from different
parts of the text.
R 9.2.7 Read to confirm or change
IR12.2.6 Use such graphic organizers
as webbing and mapping to organize information.