As I shared in my last post, I begin each week by watching a new Character Tree episode with my class. If it is the first time watching an episode on a trait then we talk a little about it and what my kids think it means to exemplify that trait before beginning the episode. I also take the opportunity to incorporate some interactive writing into our discussion. In our classroom we have our own character tree and as the year progresses, we add the traits we’ve learned to our tree. So, I have my kids help me with that!

our classroom character tree

I begin the process of interactive writing by having my kids repeat the trait out loud, for example they’d repeat “kindness”. Then, we count the syllables of the word by clapping as we say each part aloud. I also have them say just the initial sound of the word and ask them to find the letter that makes that sound on our class alphabet chart and point to it (