Grade 5

Character Scrapbook

Innovative Designer, Knowledge Constructor and Empowered Learner
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Students create a Character Scrapbook on a character from a  fiction or nonfiction book. It can be used by students individually or as a whole class. It is a great way to engage students and help them form a deeper understanding of a book's characters.

This activity uses Scholastic's lesson

Students will:

  • Be able to discuss and identify different types of character traits for characters in a fiction or nonfiction book.
  • Be able to generate lists of traits about a specific character in a book that the class or student is reading.
  • Be able to create a scrapbook featuring a personalized image and character traits of the character.
  • Be able to print out their scrapbook page. (optional)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Fiction: Fiction is written works that are not true.
  2. Character: A character is a person in a story, play, or movie.
  3. Nonfiction: Nonfiction is written works that are true.
  4. Personality: A personality is all of the qualities of a person that make that person different from others.
  5. Accomplishments: Accomplishments are something that has been successfully done or completed; an achievement.

To prepare for this lesson:

Note: Younger students may want to work with an upper-class buddy.

See Accommodations Page and Charts on the site in the Teacher Resources. 

Directions for this activity:

The students will:

  • Log onto Character Scrapbook.
  • Click “go to activity”.
  • Enter the book title.
  • Enter the character name.
  • Select from tab animal or person.
  • Design your character.
  • List 10 things you know about the character.
  • Click the arrow at the top. List 10 words that describe the character.
  • Click the arrow at the top. List 10 details about the character.
  • Click the arrow at the top. List 10 facts about the character’s personality.
  • Click the arrow. List 10 challenges the character faced.
  • Click the arrow. List 10 accomplishments the character achieved.
  • Print.

Different options for assessing the students:

  • Observations
  • Check for understanding
  • Class discussion.
  • The Teacher assigns a particular character after reading a story to the class.
  • A teacher created rubric.

MITECS: Michigan adopted the "ISTE Standards for Students" called MITECS (Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students) in 2018.

Innovative Designer
4a. Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
4b. Students select and use digital tools to plan and manage a design process that considers design constraints and calculated risks.
4c. Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.

Knowledge Constructor
3a. Students plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits.
3c. Students curate information from digital resources using a variety of tools and methods to create collections of artifacts that demonstrate meaningful connections or conclusions.

Empowered Learner 
​​​​​​​1a. Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.

Device: PC, Chromebook, Mac, iPad 

Browser: Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Edge, ALL

App, Extension, or Add-on:

Character Scrapbook

Character Scrapbook Lesson from Scholastic

Character Traits and Character Development Lesson Video

Story Elements For Kids: What Is a Character? Video


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This task card was created by Julie Hoehing, Lake Shore Public Schools, February 2020.