Lessons & Units :: Classify and Categorize 2nd Grade Unit

Lesson 2: Sorting Characters in More than One Way

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Classify and categorize fictional characters in several ways based on their character traits.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart A, Example Chart B, Character Traits Example Chart, Independent Practice
Not Provided: chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will list all the characters from three familiar fairy tales (Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and The Three Little Pigs) on chart paper. I will then model sorting the characters into two groups: good characters and bad characters. (Direct Teaching Example Chart A is provided in Teacher and Student Materials below.) I will then sort the same characters into two different groups: characters that are people and characters that are animals. (Example Chart B is provided below.)

    TIP: Save time by writing each of the character names for the Direct Teaching on a sentence strip. Prepare the two Direct Teaching charts before the lesson so that the sentence strips can be moved around on the charts.

  • Think Check

    Ask: How did I sort the characters in the books? Students should respond that you first listed all the characters. After thinking about the characters, you then identified your categories. Finally, you placed each character in a category based on whether the character fit with the title of that group.

  • Guided Practice

    will pick three of our favorite books from the class library. We will list all the characters from the books and review the part of the story in which they appear. We will identify character traits that are similar among some of the characters and use the traits to identify two ways to classify the characters, such as shy characters and outgoing characters. (Guided Practice Teacher Example Chart is provided below.)

  • Independent Practice

    will sort the characters into two groups based on the two character traits that we identified during the Guided Practice. You will then sort the same characters into two new groups based on two more character traits that we identified during the Guided Practice. (Student Independent Practice is provided below.)

    TIP: Support students by providing them with a word / character trait bank.

Texts & Materials

Standards Alignment

(To see all of the ReadWorks lessons aligned to your standards, click here.)

User Comments

I do a similar lesson with this story, but I tie in voting. After we read two versions of 3 Little Pigs and True story of 3 Little Pigs, we sort and categorize by character traits. Then the students analyze the traits and vote on character that is most truthful.