Characterization and Emojis in the Classroom

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}
How do you feel when you see emojis? Do they make you laugh, sad, angry? Do you have specific feelings when you see them? We use emojis to express our emotions and to convey a message. This is why using emojis in the classroom can be such a great activity!

When reading a story, common core standards require students to "describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events." 

Using emojis in the classroom can help students with the vocabulary to describe personality traits or feelings of people or animals in a story. In this post, you'll learn how you can use emojis in the classroom to teach characterization.



Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}


1. Bookmarks or cards on a ring

Students can refer to these when writing character traits. Each student can have a set on a ring or chain. You can even have the emoji on a card and students can write their own character traits that describe the emoji.

(Some students struggle to understand words that describe characteristic traits. If necessary, give them a list of words to choose from.)

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

2. Design Your Own Emoji

Students can draw their own emoji and write a paragraph about the emoji with character traits. I actually used Google Slides to design mine. I drew a circle with the shape tool, filled it yellow, and added facial features from the Internet. You'll love your students' designs, and they'll have a great time creating their own emoji!

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}


Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

3. More Characterization Activities


  • Compare physical traits and character traits
  • Inferring character traits
  • Character traits with synonyms and antonyms


Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}

Just click on the image below to use this Emoji Character Trait mini-unit in your classroom. And, it's on SALE!

Your students are going to LOVE using emojis in the classroom!

Bring characterization to life by using emojis in the classroom. Your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students will love this method of learning a reading strategy. You can choose to teach reading skills through a digital or technology format with this download. Click through to learn some great new ideas, support the standards, and get your students engaged and excited about learning! Reading, vocabulary, and other ELA topics are all covered. {second, third, fourth, fifth graders}


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