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Teaching Character Traits with Little Red Riding Hood—with FREE download!

Posted by Hilary Gard on Apr 25, 2017 3:07:00 PM

Today's post features our new guest blogger, Hilary Gard, who is a 2nd grade teacher. If you like this post, make sure to check out her blog, Primary Planet!

Hi! I’m Hilary from Primary Planet and I am guest blogging at Hameray today!

Today, I want to talk about teaching character traits. I recently used Little Red Riding Hood, retold by Alan Trussell-Cullen from the Story World Series, to teach character traits in my classroom.

Most of my students had heard the story of Little Red Riding Hood, so before we started reading, we had a conversation about the important events in the story. With so many versions, sometimes the ending differs from book to book.

We read Little Red Riding Hood together and talked about how this particular version was the same or different from the other versions we know.


Then, we started talking about the characters. We decided that the two main characters in this story are Little Red and The Wolf.

We talked about what character traits are, and decided that there are character traits that you can see (outside traits) and traits that make the characters the people that they are (inside traits).

Then, using the activity sheets that you can download below, we listed outside and inside traits together for Little Red Riding Hood. I completed mine on the document projector with the help of the students.   


Next, we had a discussion about the wolf. The kiddos had a great time talking about his character traits. Then, they worked with a partner to fill out the page with the character traits of the wolf. We also switched partners to see if they could add anything new to their pages. After that, we came back together to compile our findings on a class page about the Wolf.

Teaching character traits is an ongoing lesson in my classroom.  We talk about the traits of characters often during read alouds, reading conferences, and in small groups.

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you and your students enjoy the little freebie!


Hilary Gard has been teaching for 17 years, 13 of those years in 2nd grade. She is a children’s book collector and does a weekly book series called Book Talk Tuesday on her blog, Primary Planet.


To download Hilary's character traits activity sheet, click the left image below. For more information about Story World Real World, click the right image below.

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Topics: Story World, Character Traits, Hilary Gard

Identifying Character Traits through Paired Texts—with FREE Download!

Posted by Laureen on Nov 1, 2016 3:51:00 PM

This is a guest blog post by Laureen, a Canadian first grade teacher of 25 years who writes at the blog Teach with Laughter. This post includes a free download!

The Fables and the Real World series is a set of 40 books that pairs fables with informational text. I had the wonderful opportunity to use The Ant and the Grasshopper along with Grasshoppers in my classroom.fables-ant-and-grasshopper-book.jpg


Fables often have animals as main characters. In the classic fable The Ant and the Grasshopper, the grasshopper enjoys relaxing while the ant works tirelessly to prepare for winter. It won’t take long for your students to identify the moral of the story: there is a time for work and a time for play. Ask your students: Have you ever wanted to play when it was time to do a chore or your homework?  

After reading the information text Grasshoppers, have students discuss the differences between the grasshoppers in the two books. The nonfiction book Incredible Ants is a perfect pairing text for comparing the ants. As with most fables, the animals are given human characteristics. These characteristics differ from real grasshoppers and ants.

Have a discussion about the traits of both the ant and the grasshopper in the fable. Character traits are the part of their personality that is consistent over time. Have students reflect on character traits of the ant and the grasshopper on the following page.

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I am anxious to get my hands on more sets from the Fables and Real World Series!


To learn more about Fables and the Real World, click the series highlights image below to download an information sheet with key features. To get today's free activity download, click the second image below!

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 Ant and the Grasshopper

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Topics: Fables and the Real World, Paired Texts, Laureen, Character Traits

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