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Ch 2: Emotions & Character Traits in Picture Books

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Plan picture book lessons about emotions and character traits with this collection of online teacher resources. Inside, you'll find comprehensive lesson plan outlines and in-class teaching tools that can help simplify your lesson planning process.

Emotions & Character Traits in Picture Books - Chapter Summary

If you need to plan lessons about emotions and character traits in picture books, take a look at this mobile-friendly teacher resource chapter. The chapter contains simple lesson plans outlines on the following picture books:

  • The Little Engine that Could
  • Have You Filled a Bucket Today
  • Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story
  • When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry
  • Angry Arthur
  • When I Feel Angry
  • Shy Charles
  • William's Doll
  • I Like Myself!
  • King of the Playground

All of the lesson plans come with links to supplemental lessons that you can use in the classroom. These additional resources can help solidify your students' comprehension of various character traits and emotions, including perseverance, relaxation, shyness and anger. You can use any Internet-connected device to access these resources, and they're available at any time that's convenient.

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  • Helps plan lessons: The included lesson plan outlines help you design an emotion/character trait picture book unit at any time that fits your schedule.
  • Contains additional resources: Lesson plan outlines come with related picture book lessons that you can easily integrate into your class instruction.
  • Offers variety: The chapter's picture book resources cover a wide variety of emotions and character traits.

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning emotion and character trait picture book lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific emotion and character trait picture books you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your literature class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related picture book lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important emotion and character trait concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant picture book-related activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

38 Lessons in Chapter 2: Emotions & Character Traits in Picture Books
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Picture Books to Teach Character Traits

1. Picture Books to Teach Character Traits

Picture books can be wonderful resources for teaching young children about character traits. This lesson gives you some ideas about picture books that will get students thinking about character.

The Crayon Box That Talked Lesson Plan

2. The Crayon Box That Talked Lesson Plan

This lesson plan uses 'The Crayon Box That Talked' to teach students about theme. It explores the theme of differences and includes a writing project.

The Crayon Box That Talked Activity for Kids

3. The Crayon Box That Talked Activity for Kids

'The Crayon Box That Talked' is a book about crayons that don't get along. It teaches a unique message about tolerance and acceptance, and it's a lot of fun to read with young learners.

Loud Lips Lucy Lesson Plan

4. Loud Lips Lucy Lesson Plan

Using the book, 'Loud Lips Lucy,' by Tolya Thompson, this lesson plan involves students in activities related to the importance of listening, including conducting a conversation through active listening.

A Hat for Ivan Lesson Plan

5. A Hat for Ivan Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students understand parable and character motives while reading 'A Hat for Ivan' by Max Lucado. Students will also make a text-to-self connection.

Mirette on the High Wire Lesson Plan

6. Mirette on the High Wire Lesson Plan

'Mirette on the High Wire' teaches children about overcoming fear and having courage. Implement this lesson in a unit about central message, lesson, moral, and theme.

The Little Engine that Could Lesson Plan

7. The Little Engine that Could Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to introduce perseverance to your students. Students will listen to The Little Engine that Could, listen to stories of real life perseverance, and write their own story of perseverance.

When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry Lesson Plan

8. When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry Lesson Plan

This lesson uses the book ''When Sophie Gets Angry - Really, Really Angry. . .'' by Molly Bang to teach students about figurative language, particularly metaphors. Students will listen to the story, participate in discussions, and complete an activity.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today Lesson Plan

9. Have You Filled a Bucket Today Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to help you introduce students to the story 'Have You Filled a Bucket Today?' by Carol McCloud. Students will listen to a reading of the book as well as a short text lesson on the story, and practice filling their peers' metaphorical buckets.

Have You Filled a Bucket Today? - Book Summary

10. Have You Filled a Bucket Today? - Book Summary

Being happy isn't just about doing things you like to do, according to author Carol McCloud; it's about filling each other's buckets. Let's take a closer look at her book, ''Have You Filled a Bucket Today?''.

Hands Are Not For Hitting Lesson Plan

11. Hands Are Not For Hitting Lesson Plan

There are many things we can do with our hands. Hitting should never be one of them. In this lesson, we will read the book ''Hands Are Not for Hitting'' by Martine Agassi, and we'll learn about the many good things we can do with our hands.

I Like Myself! Lesson Plan

12. I Like Myself! Lesson Plan

The book 'I Like Myself!' by Karen Beaumont explores creating self confidence. Students will listen to and discuss the story, as well as complete a project.

Angry Arthur Lesson Plan

13. Angry Arthur Lesson Plan

Explaining hyperbole and metaphor is easy when you use 'Angry Arthur' as an example. In this lesson plan, students will use Arthur's experience of anger to explore metaphors, hyperbole and emotion through discussion, activities and writing.

Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story Lesson Plan

14. Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story Lesson Plan

Exploring the emotion of anger can be difficult for children. This lesson plan uses the book ''Angry Octopus: A Relaxation Story'' along with discussions, activities, and written expression to help students learn healthy ways to deal with anger.

When I Feel Angry Book Lesson Plan

15. When I Feel Angry Book Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students think critically about reading and also encourage them to handle their anger in appropriate ways. In this lesson, we will focus on a close reading of ''When I feel Angry'' by Cornelia Spelman.

King of the Playground Lesson Plan

16. King of the Playground Lesson Plan

'King of the Playground' by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor is a story about a little boy's unwavering persistence against a bully. Students will define vocabulary words, listen to the story and complete an activity.

William's Doll Lesson Plan

17. William's Doll Lesson Plan

This lesson plan explores a boy's desire for a doll in 'William's Doll' by Charlotte Zolotow. Students will listen to the book and answer questions, then complete an activity.

Shy Charles Lesson Plan

18. Shy Charles Lesson Plan

This lesson play explores a really timid mouse named Charles in a book called Shy Charles by Rosemary Wells. Students will define vocabulary, listen to the story, and participate in an activity.

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness Lesson Plan

19. Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness Lesson Plan

What types of things increase feelings of happiness? This question directs the content of the book 'Growing Up With a Bucketful of Happiness' by Carol McCloud. Use this lesson plan to summarize key points of the book and the activity to put it into practice.

Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness Activities

20. Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness Activities

Would you say your bucket is half full or half empty? Check out this lesson for ideas for activities that your students can do to learn more about kindness and anti-bullying in order to fill up their bucket of happiness!

The Brand New Kid Lesson Plan

21. The Brand New Kid Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, discuss the anti-bullying message from the story, and identify the various responses of the characters while reading 'The Brand New Kid' by Katie Couric.

I am Unique! Lesson Plan

22. I am Unique! Lesson Plan

This lesson plan teaches students about the book 'I Am Unique!' by Jennifer Vassel. Use the book as a read-aloud to launch conversations, activities and opportunities for students to take a deep look at what makes them each special.

The Peace Book Lesson Plan

23. The Peace Book Lesson Plan

What is peace? There are a lot of different ways to describe and define peace. We'll look at some of them in this lesson as we read ''The Peace Book'' by Todd Parr. At the same time, we'll choose our favorite definition for peace and write about it.

Storm in the Night Lesson Plan

24. Storm in the Night Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, retell the story, and define unfamiliar words while reading ''Storm in the Night'' by Mary Stolz.

Soda Pop Head Lesson Plan

25. Soda Pop Head Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe the author's message in the story, and explain ways to keep your temper under control while reading 'Soda Pop Head' by Julia Cook.

Stone Soup Lesson Plan

26. Stone Soup Lesson Plan

Help your students summarize and identify the moral in 'Stone Soup' with this lesson plan. Students will read an informational text summarizing the plot, discuss the lesson weaved into the story, then apply learning with an engaging activity.

Stone Soup: Story & Moral

27. Stone Soup: Story & Moral

The story 'Stone Soup' has many different versions, but all versions have the same moral. In this version, retold by Heather Forest, you'll follow characters through a village in the mountains and watch them teach a lesson to a village full of people who are more able than they said they were.

My Mouth is a Volcano Activities for Kids

28. My Mouth is a Volcano Activities for Kids

Julia Cook's book, 'My Mouth is a Volcano' is a great story about a boy who has a tendency to interrupt others when they are talking. Written for lower elementary students, this book provides a lesson in patience and learning how to wait for a turn.

The Giving Tree Lesson Plan

29. The Giving Tree Lesson Plan

Use this lesson plan to guide your instruction of the elements of a story while reading ''The Giving Tree'' by Shel Silverstein. Students practice with the lesson then apply independently with the story using a plot diagram.

The Giving Tree Activities

30. The Giving Tree Activities

After reading the Giving Tree, it's important that students take part in detailed discussions and activities. Check out these ideas for activities which would work well for reflecting on the Giving Tree.

The Rainbow Fish Lesson Plan

31. The Rainbow Fish Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students identify the central message of a story and describe the structure of a story as they read ''The Rainbow Fish'' by Marcus Pfister.

Diversity Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes

32. Diversity Lesson for Kids: Definition & Quotes

What is diversity? Why is it important for us to encourage diversity in our society? In this lesson, you will learn about diversity and how it contributes to a better world for everyone.

The Treasure Tree Lesson Plan

33. The Treasure Tree Lesson Plan

''The Treasure Tree'' by John Trent is a story about four very different animals, each with a unique personality. This lesson plan is designed to be used with students who are new to the book. The corresponding activity reinforces the key ideas presented in the story.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Lesson Plan

34. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Lesson Plan

This lesson plan may be used to help your students answer questions about the text, describe characters, and identify synonyms and antonyms while reading ''Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day'' by Judith Viorst.

Making Friends is an Art Lesson Plan

35. Making Friends is an Art Lesson Plan

This lesson introduces students to the story 'Making Friends is an Art.' Students will connect the characters in the story to people they know and role play as one of the colored pencils to show how good friends respond to challenging situations.

The Nose from Jupiter Lesson Plan

36. The Nose from Jupiter Lesson Plan

This lesson plan accompanies 'The Nose from Jupiter' by Richard Scrimger. Through it, you can help your students identify important details that should be included in a summary. Further, students will identify and analyze main characters of the book.

Summary of The Nose from Jupiter: Lesson for Kids

37. Summary of The Nose from Jupiter: Lesson for Kids

Alan can't remember how he ended up in the hospital, so the alien living in his nose suggests he go through all his memories since the alien moved in. This lesson will summarize Alan's story and memories in 'The Nose from Jupiter'.

The Giving Tree Discussion Questions

38. The Giving Tree Discussion Questions

The following discussion questions will confirm students' understanding of ''the Giving Tree'' by Shel Silverstein. While this story is assigned in elementary, many middle to post-secondary students explore the philosophical content.

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