What our Personality Traits lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Personality Traits explains how to identify examples of characteristics related to one’s personality. Students will learn how to recognize the traits in a character from a story or book. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade.
Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the yellow box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.
Options for Lesson
In the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page, you will see some suggestions for additional activities or ideas to add to the lesson if you want to. A couple relate to the three worksheets. Students could work alone instead of in pairs. You could also add additional personality traits to the activity worksheet. For the practice, students could work on it together and aloud as you guide them. You could also change the homework worksheet to an in-class assignment and have students complete the practice page for homework. As another activity, assign a different personality trait to two students who will then interact for 1 or 2 minutes as real people with the given traits. One more option is to read a story or novel to the students and allow them to identify the traits of various characters.
The paragraph on this page provides a little more information or guidance on what to expect from the lesson. It reminds you to explain the difference between a trait and an emotion. Many students might think certain emotions, such as excited or unhappy, are related to a person’s characteristics. You can use the blank lines to record any thoughts or ideas you have as you prepare.
PERSONALITY TRAITS LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES
The Personality Traits lesson plan has one content page. The lesson starts off by asking students which word describes them. Obviously, there are many words that can describe a person. The page lists 16 examples of traits that one could use describe people. A trait is a word that describes how a person acts over time.
Another word for it is character trait. Characters in the stories we read display these traits as well. The traits depend on how the character acts, just as they do for actual people. The lesson provides a short mini-story for students to read through before they continue on with the lesson content.
After reading the story, students will see that they can identify certain characteristics of Madison from the story based on her actions. She is responsible because she does her schoolwork each day. She is also helpful because she helps her parents every day. And she is funny since she enjoys telling jokes.
Traits are not the same thing as feelings. Feelings can change through the day, but a trait usually only changes over time. The lesson exemplifies this by explaining that students could be sad in the morning but happy later on. However, if the students are happy most of the time, happy could be a personality trait as well.
It takes time to change a personality trait. If a person is shy one day, it might take a few years before that same person is outgoing. In addition, traits can be good or bad. It depends on the trait. For example, it’s usually not a good trait to be a mean person.
PERSONALITY TRAITS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS
The Personality Traits lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. Each one will help students solidify their grasp of the material they learned throughout the lesson. You can refer to the classroom procedure guidelines to know when to hand out each worksheet.
WHAT WOULD THEY SAY? ACTIVITY WORKSHEET
Students will work with a partner for the activity portion of the lesson. They will begin by discussing each trait in the list on the chart. They will talk about what it means for someone to exhibit that trait, in real life or in a story. For each trait, students will write down what a person might do in one column and something they might say in the second column. There are examples to provide guidance as students complete the task.
MATCH THE TRAIT PRACTICE WORKSHEET
For the practice worksheet, students will match descriptions with the correct term from the word bank. There are four sections, each with five descriptions and five possible trait choices to choose from.
PERSONALITY TRAITS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
The homework assignment requires students to decide which of two statements represents the given trait. There is a list of 15 traits with two sentences next to each one. Students will circle the one that correctly matches the trait.
Worksheet Answer Keys
At the end of the lesson plan document are answer keys for the practice and homework worksheets. The correct answers are all in red to make it easier for you to compare them with your students’ work. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.