Tuesday, November 20, 2012

{Oz Love}: "Over the Rainbow" Character Study

In my top five movies at any given time in my life is always Wizard of Oz. Sigh.... I just love it! Such a positive message, so many wonderful characters, and of course, I love subjecting my family to my beautiful singing voice for every.single.song-- except the "King of the Forrest" one, but I digress.... :)

Whenever I see Wizard of Oz clipart, I purchase it, if for no other reason than it makes me happy. Just looking at it and singing songs ;)

Good news- I have incorporated it into my newest unit! I wanted some quick reference posters to use for character study. My kids this year are pretty good with fiction comprehension, but the new Common Core State Standards specifically mention characters in a few of their parts, and I wanted to take my kids deeper than just test-self connections. Here are the third grade standards this packet addresses:

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.3 Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.6 Distinguish their own point of view from that of the narrator or those of the characters.

And, honestly  what story has better characters than the Wizard of Oz? So, my "Over the Rainbow" Character Study was born :) Somewheeeere....
This handy-dandy packet will help you introduce and name not only types of characters, but will be a helpful reminder when it comes to thinking about traits, feelings & motivations.


There are nine posters total relating to the character study and include some complex character vocab (like protagonist and antagonist) along with kid-friendly terms (main character and opponent) and a question that will help students define each term (ex: Who is the story mostly about?).

The best part? The lovely characters from the movie are on each of the posters to help kids along.
There are three posters with definitions and examples of character traits, motivation, and feelings. I used the movie as an example for these as well.
Last, to help incorporate some of these terms and ideas in classwork, I have included two forms that I really like using when it comes to teaching characters in a story.
The first one is a character map that includes a character study during a certain event in the text and thinking about his/her feelings, motivation, and traits.

In the past, I have used this throughout a text to track how the character changes from beginning to middle to end. I have also waited until the climax of the book and had kids use the main event/turning point to fill this out.

I always start using them in small reading groups during our Daily 5 Teacher Time, but by the middle-ish of the year, kids are independent enough to complete this on their own using their individual Read to Self books.

The second worksheet is what I call the "triangle sheet"-- kids will be asked to think about an event (that they sketch and describe in the center) from the protagonist's & antagonist's perspective. They will then think about how they would have acted and if they agree or disagree with how the protagonist/antagonist dealt with the event. I LOVE this sheet because I think we are quick to always side with the main character and not think about the villain-- don't even get me started on how my world was rocked when I read Wicked! Anyways, this gets them thinking about both characters and relating to both on some level.

Those of you with an Oz-themed classroom, can I come and visit? I hope this unit can sprinkle in some of the magic from the movie (no matter what your theme) and make you happy teaching characters! Pick them up today in my TpT Store :)

Want this set for free? Leave me a comment with you email address telling me who your favorite Wizard of Oz character is and I will choose a random winner on Thanksgiving Day!

I'll leave you with this funny:
:)

33 comments:

  1. I love the movie version of the Lion. He does such a great job with the singing and being cowardly. Dorothy isn't so bad either (considering I played her in elementary school ;)

    bookskt19@yahoo.com

    :)Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

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    1. The lion is such a sweetheart- I love his farmhand alternate character, too :) Jealous you got to play Dorothy ;)

      ~Stephanie

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  2. The Wicked Witch of the West! She terrified me when I was young, but now I love her evil laugh...and I may bust it out from time to time myself...hand wringing and all!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. I love that!! Her quote about "your little dog, too!" is classic :)

      ~Stephanie

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  3. Love these posters! I am more of a Tin Man kinda gal:)

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    1. Thanks, lady! And you know I think you have the biggest heart of anyone, my friend :)

      ~Stephanie

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  4. I like the Scarecrow. There are many kinds of smart! Such an awesome movie. I need to go watch it!

    dyoung112880@gmail.com

    Young Daze in 5th Grade

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    1. One of my favorite lines was when he said that some people without brains do an awful lot of talking- ha! Thanks for stopping by :)

      ~Stephanie

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  5. I love the Wizard of Oz, too! My daughter had the time of her life playing Dorothy last year in our local children's theatre. As much as I love Dorothy, my favorite character is the Cowardly Lion. I love all of his nuances and mannerisms. He is hilarious, especially when he is afraid of his own tail! Love him!

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  6. Oops hit send too soon. Love your blog!
    Spokelley@verizon.net

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  7. One of my all time favorite movies too. I read this book to my 3rd graders every year. My favorite character is the Scarecrow. Your character study packet looks awesome!
    sherie24@bellsouth.net

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  8. My favorite character is Dorothy for sentimental reasons. When my daughter was 3, she was obsessed with all things Wizard of Oz. That year she was Dorothy for Halloween and refused to take of her Dorothy dress and ruby "whippers" (slippers). She went to bed in it that night and the next morning I had to call Grandma to talk her out of the dress. She finally got her to take it off by telling her that Dorothy lets Auntie Em wash her dress! Love the movie and your new set looks soooo cute!

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    1. I am in love with this story- how sweet!! I hope my little girl gets into the movie that much when she gets older, but with me as a mom, I'm not sure how she can avoid it ;) Thanks for sharing!!

      ~Stephanie

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  9. Ugh.... forgot my email! It is jmwood614@yahoo.com

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  10. I LOVE your posters!!
    I rather like scarecrow and I think Toto is cute too, but I am a dog lover at heart!
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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  11. Me again..
    Forgot my email, you never know I might win!
    rhondabaldacchino@gmail.com
    Rhonda
    Classroom Fun

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  12. The Wizard of Oz was MY FAVORITE movie when I was a little girl! I was definitely Glinda for Halloween a few years in a row. She's always been my favorite. Even more so after seeing Wicked.

    kmc427@gmail.com

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  13. I love your set! This is one of my favorite movies too. I love the scarecrow. He never left Dorothy's side until she sailed away. Loyalty in a friend is priceless!

    Tracey
    teachtb@sbcglobal.net
    Third Grade All Stars

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  14. My favorite character is Alfeba .. only because of WIcked on Broadway... which gives you a whole other perspective on the wicked witch of the west! Your blog is making my first year teaching experience (which happens to be third grade) quite easy. Thank you for all your resources! angela.homs@yahoo.com

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  15. Scarecrow is my favorite! I love singing his song!
    briawnacallahan@gmail.com

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  16. I truly love all the characters, but I do love Toto.
    mills_kimmy@hotmail.com

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  17. Love all the characters, but for Halloween this year, my dog and I had coordinating costumes - she as a howler monkey and me as the Wicked Witch of the West! Everyone loved it!! Fingers crossed I win!!
    kthompsondesign@gmail.com

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  18. I love the Munchkins. "We represent the lollipop guild, the lollipop guild, the lollipop guild. We represent the lollipop guiiiiiild and we want to welcome you to munchkin land!" I just love the looks on their faces! Hehe =)

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  19. Whoops! Forgot my email ... azoreo9@yahoo.com

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  20. While it's not necessarily a character, I always loved the Horse of a Different Color scene! Who wouldn't want a horse that changed colors???!!! Character-wise, I am a fan of the Scarecrow.

    becky.anderson.1031@gmail.com

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  21. Well now isn't that cute?! I love the Wizard of Oz! I don't necessarily have a FAVORITE character but when I was little and in Girl Scouts we did the puppet show of it and I was Toto haha. I really like all the characters though- they all have such great personalities!
    Gina
    Third Grade Tidbits

    oh and my email is thirdgradetidbits@gmail.com

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  22. This unit looks fabulous! My favorite character is the Scarecrow. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Krista
    stellar-students

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  23. I love the Wizard of Oz. I can not count how many times I have watched it and quoted from it. Great character development. My favorite character is Scarecrow. He is the perfect friend and was so loyal to Dorothy. She would not have gotten home without Scarecrow.

    I love your unit. I have it in my wishlist- hopefully I will win it but I may have to buy it when it goes on sale because it looks like you have done a fabulous job aligning it to the CC.
    bozekn@nashua.edu

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  24. This Kansas girl's favorite character - any of the munchins. I love the munchins because I am a 5 foot tall teacher. During the 17 years I taught fourth grade many of my students have been taller than me! Believe it or not some of my fourth graders actually asked me if I knew any of the munchins! :) Now that I am teaching second grade I am taller than most of my students and rarely do I get asked questions about my favorite Wizard of Oz character - a munchin.

    Pick me, please! :) sherrymc62@bellsouth.net

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  25. It's definitely a tie betweeen the Tin Man and Scarecrow... who couldn't admire 2 characters who already possess the things they want most, just by being who they are? Love it :o) santos1417@gmail.com

    **I just had to add that I first found your blog when I was Pinterest this summer, and my, oh my, has it been helpful! I'm a first-year teacher and was introduced to WBT a year ago by a friend in college and fell in LOVE with it. I used your blog as a guide and way to personalize some things, and everything so far (knock on wood) has worked so well! Thank you for being open with your thoughts and ideas- it's amazing how teacher collaboration has no limits :o)**

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    1. Wow! Thank you so much for your incredibly kind note- that totally made my week!! I am so glad these ideas are helpful and I completely agree, I feel I am a much better teacher since the online collaboration piece has entered my world :) Who would have thought that Pinterest, TpT, and blogging would be the best professional development out there ;) Happy Thanksgiving!

      ~Stephanie

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  26. Hi, Stephanie! I found your blog through Pinterest, too -- another wonderful resource. I've tried a few whole brain teaching things this year (thank you!) and hope to add more as the year goes on. I'm still getting comfortable with it!

    I have to pick Dorothy because I just LOVED "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" when I was young. She's so hopeful and earnest!

    I'd love to win your character traits packet -- it looks fantastic! :)
    amanda_kipfer@yahoo.com

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  27. As a fellow lover of the Wizard of Oz I love this! As my name is Emily and I am an aunt, I have to say Auntie Em!

    EmilyK

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Thank you so much for your comments! :)
~Stephanie