Trait Trackers Cards

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Trait Trackers Cards: Tracking the 6 Traits in 20 Popular Children's Books


This resource by Kristina Smekens makes it easy to use picture books as mentor text by "tracking" when and how the Six Traits appear in 20 popular titles. One bookmark-sized card is included for each mentor text that cites, page by page, the Six Traits in action.

Each mentor text card tells you what skills you can teach for that text, gives examples of those skills in action, and lists what page in the book to find each example.

Trait Trackers help K-12 teachers:

  • Use children’s books to teach the Six Traits of writing during read alouds.
  • Develop skill-based mini-lessons using selected children’s books.
  • Utilize book excerpts that support individual traits.

Grades K-12, Each physical set includes: 1 introduction card + 1 overview card + 20 mentor text cards (one for each book). Each card measures 2.75" x 8.5" and is printed on durable card stock

Digital set is a 16-page downloadable PDF (Acrobat) Document File (Product Note: A download link will be sent via email after purchase. No physical items will be shipped.)

Track the Traits in these popular titles:

  1. Arnie the Doughnut
  2. Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
  3. Come On, Rain!
  4. Diary of a Worm
  5. Fancy Nancy
  6. Fireflies!
  7. Fox
  8. Harriet, You’ll Drive Me Wild!
  9. Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse
  10. The Napping House
  11. Night Noises
  12. Piggie Pie!
  13. The Polar Express
  14. Rattletrap Car
  15. The Recess Queen
  16. The Relatives Came
  17. Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
  18. Saturdays and Teacakes
  19. When Sophie Gets Angry--Really, Really, Angry . . .
  20. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

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