Personality Traits


Personality Traits introduces students to the concept of characteristics that relate to one’s personality. Students will discover that emotions are not the same thing as traits. They will be able to identify various traits in the characters from stories.

You can look at the “Options for Lesson” section of the classroom procedure page to find suggestions for additional ideas or alterations for the lesson. One such idea is to administer the homework page as an in-class assignment for students to do together and instead have them complete the practice worksheet at home.

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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.

Classroom Procedure

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.

Teacher Notes

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Additional information


2nd Grade


Reading, Science

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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This was an excellent way to introduce character traits to my 3rd graders. They were able to grasp the information easily and quickly. I suggest this for all educators.

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