Character and Setting and Butcher Paper Oh My!

My little firsties have been working with Character and Setting this week.  Most of my kiddos were already familiar with these elements, but we needed a review.  I started the lesson with a large anchor chart.   We went over the terms as a class and came up with student friendly definitions.  I then told my students that they needed to go back to their seats and look UNDER their chair for a special picture.  This was hilarious.  They just couldn't understand why I would tell them to look under their chair.  Ha Ha.  Finally they all started getting under their chairs and pulling out the pictures I had taped there.  Each student either had a character or a setting.  I pulled images from google for this.  We then reconvened at the carpet as we decided where each picture belonged on our anchor chart.  My littles LOVED this activity.

The next day I decided to do some teamwork as a review for character and setting.  I found this fun post from Rulin' the Roost.  I gave each table a large sheet of butcher paper, character setting cards from Rulin' the Roost and let them decide how to sort them.  They had such a fun time working on this and they all did a marvelous job.  One of the easiest ways to make a lesson rock is to give kids big sheets of paper.  It's the little things people.

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