Teaching Characterization With The Most Magnificent Thing

I've joined fellow bloggers from the Reading Crew to Build a Love of Reading With Mentor Text. Each one of us has selected a book to share along with a skill to teach. In my post, you'll learn how to use Pic Collage Kids (PicKids) in teaching Characterization With The Most Magnificent Thing. Plus, I have a freebie you can download.

Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}


Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}As we begin the year, there are so many schools and homes that have been severely damaged by Hurricane Harvey. I live in Texas and feel so blessed that our city received very minor damage.  We do have family members in Houston and Beaumont whose homes were flooded. We've opened our home to our family, but they want to stay close to protect their own homes.

Many of the evacuees in Houston have been transported to shelters here in Austin and children are now attending our schools. Austin Pets Alive has received over 2000 pets from Houston. We have volunteers helping to care for dogs and cats so they can be adopted. And, our local community has filled three Uhaul trucks with supplies for a newly opened evacuation center. Families have made sure to include their children during these times of giving.

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Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}
I have chosen a book that's perfect to read at the beginning of the year. It's also and excellent choice for teaching characterization and Growth Mindset. The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is a precious book about a young girl and her best friend, who happens to be her dog.

She decides to make the MOST magnificent thing! The little girl knows how it will look and how it will work. Now, she has to make it, which she thinks will be easy-peasy. It was anything but easy as she tries over and over again to make her magnificent thing. Throughout the book, the reader will learn about the little girl's character - thus making this a great way to teach character traits.

Teaching Characterization

As you read The Most Magnificent Thing, discuss traits of the little girl. Character traits may not be word by word descriptions.

  • Character traits are different from physical traits.
  • Character traits can be determined by what the character says and actions throughout the story. 
  • Character traits can be inferred from reading the text.
  • Character traits can even change throughout the book.


PicCollage Kids

With PicCollage Kids (PicKids), students can select images that display character traits of the little girl and label each image with the trait. Follow these steps to complete the activity.

Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

  • After opening the PicKids app, students will select the "grid" layout.
  • Then, select the 4 frame layout.
  • One option is to take your own photos from the book and select from the camera roll, or select web search.

Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

  • If you select "web search", type "The Most Magnificent Thing."
  • Select 4 images for your collage.
  • Adjust the size of the images with your fingers so they fit well in the frames.

Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

  • Click on the + and select "Effects" and "Frames". Choose a frame for your image and any other effects to improve the look.
  • Click on the + and select "Text". Type your character trait and then select the font, color, and adjust the size.
  • Below is a video tutorial in using PicCollage Kids.




  • Below is a finished product. If you wish, you can even change the background color. Save the completed activity on the camera roll, or select other ways to save or send. You can even have your students write sentences using the character traits.

  • Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

    Click on the image below for more additional FREE activities for Teaching Characterization With The Most Magnificent Thing.

    Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

    If you want your students to have a list of character traits available for future activities, click on the image below.

    Teaching characterization does NOT have to be a challenge with the ideas & FREE download presented here. Plus your elementary students will utilize technology, which increases engagement. Use these activities with your 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom or home school students. Teaching the reading skill of character traits will be a breeze. Plus the step by step directions included make this an easy lesson plan. Click through to learn more! {second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth graders}

    4 comments

    1. What a cute activity to go along with such an adorable book! I love how you used Pic Kids for characterization. Thank you for the wonderful ideas :)
      Julie
      The Techie Teacher

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      1. Thank you, Techie Teacher. You can teach so many different skills with this book.

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    2. This is an awesome book, and I appreciate the lesson ideas. This would work very well for modeling, and kids could apply with another book they've read. Perfect!

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    3. What a fun idea. Can't wait to try it!

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