Elementary English Language Arts
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Lower Elementary
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Identifying Characters in Kindergarten

Identifying Characters in Kindergarten


Over the course of a few days,  students will learn to identify characters from stories.  Students will identify a character from a book they have read.  They will draw their character, take a picture of their drawing, and create a post in Adobe Creative Cloud Express on their character.  They will then get to present their post in small groups.  


In this lesson students will learn how to identify characters in stories.  They will discuss as a class how to identify a character.  Students will choose a book to identify a character, draw a picture of the character, take a picture of their drawing and create a post in Adobe Creative Cloud Express.  In small groups they will get to present their character post.  

Time frame: Aprroximately three class periods of 45 minutes.

Format: face-to-face

Author: Carlie Hoggard

Adobe Creative Cloud Expression Post created by Carlie Hoggard

Background for Teachers

To teach this lesson you will need to know how to identify characters in a story.  You will need to know how to take pictures on chromebooks as well as be familiar with  Adobe Creative Cloud Express.  

If you need a refresher on how to take pictures on a chromebook and how to find the photos click on the link below.

Here is video tutorial of Adobe Creative Cloud Express.

Here is an example of a character anchor chart.


Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes


English Language Arts Kindergarten

Reading: Literature Standard 3 

With prompting and support, identify characters, setting, and major events in a story.

Speaking and Listening: Standard 1 a

Follow agreed-upon rules for discussions (eg. listening to others, taking turns speaking about the topics and texts under discussion)

Speaking and Listening: Standard 6

Speak audibly, and express thoughts, feelings, and ideas clearly.

Learning Intentions:

Students will be able to identify characters in a story. Students will be able to follow agreed-upon rules for discussions.  Students will be able to present their character post speaking clearly.  

Success Criteria:

Students will identify a character in a story by creating a post in Adober Creative Cloud Express on that character.  Students will present their character post in small groups speaking clearly and using rules for discussions.  



Step 2 - Planning Instruction


  • Chart paper and markers for Character Anchor Chart
  • Books that students have already read
  • Paper, pencils, crayons or colored pencils for character drawing
  • Chromebooks for each students or a similar device

Student Background Knowledge

Prior to this lesson, students will need to have an understanding of Adobe Creative Cloud Express and taking pictures on their chromebook.  Students will need to have read multiple stories.

Strategies for Diverse Learners

The teacher can have students who are skilled at Adobe sit next to struggling students to help them when needed. The teacher and/or aide if available could also pull back a small group of students to work with them more closely. ELL students could pick a book in their language they speak at home if they would like to. 

Step 3 - Instruction


Day 1:

Introduce identifying characters by making an anchor chart together as a class.  Write characters at the top of the chart paper.  Walk through identifying characters by using a book that you have already read together as a class. Tell the students who the characters are.  Discuss what makes a character.  It is who the story is about.  Write your definition on the paper.  Draw and write the characters from the story.  Use another story that you have previously read together.  Ask the students who are the characters?  Have the students tell their partner.  Together write and draw characters on your chart papers as you go through several books. 

When you feel your students are ready to identify characters on their own, tell the class they are going to be making a post on a character they identify in Adobe Creative Cloud Express.  Share an example of one you have made.  Tell them they will start by choosing their story and identifying the character by drawing a picture of them. Students can use their library book or a class book that they have already read to do their project.  Students will take the book to their table where they will identify a character and draw them. Walk around and make sure students are able to identify a character from their book.

Day 2:

Remind students that it is important to give credit to the person of the images you use.  Today they will be taking pictures of their own drawings so they will need to write their name on the image in Adobe to give photo credit to themselves.  Review with your students how to take a picture of their character they drew.  Remind them how to upload the picture into Adobe Creative Cloud Express and how to add text to write the character's name.  If they would like to they can type up a phrase their character says in the book.  Go over how to change colors, text, add icons etc.  that match the character they chose.  Have students go to their chromebooks at their tables to begin.  If needed, pull back students in small groups to help them.  

Day 3:

As a class review how to present their project by saying the title of the book they chose and the character they identified. Review good manners of listening,  commenting and asking quesions.  In small groups with the teacher, have students show their work to their group.  Have them take turns saying the title of the book and the character they identified.  Assess their speaking and listening skills.    


Step 4 - Assessments

Observational assessments will be done during the course of the three days.  The Identify a Character rubric will be used to assess at the end.