Using Bubble Maps to Describe Characters

Contributor: Victoria Surface. Lesson ID: 10265

You've seen maps of the world, but have you seen a bubble map? It can help you better get to know characters in your favorite stories. Double your bubble fun with three bears and a girl named Camilla!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2), Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Dig Deeper

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What is a bubble map? Sounds kind of funny, doesn't it? How can a bubble map help you understand a character in a story? Let’s explore using these maps to become a better reader! Using videos, online activities, and online resources, you will learn to use of bubble maps to describe and compare characters.

Graphic organizers and concept maps help readers gain a better understanding of the stories they read.

Bubble maps, a type of graphic organizer, allow you to visualize and organize your thoughts. They help you describe things.

Have some fun learning to understand and describe characters using funny-sounding bubble maps!

1. Watch this fast-moving video to learn or review how to make a bubble map.

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2. Watch Goldilocks and the Three Bears or Goldilocks and the Three Bears Read Along (below).

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Now take a look at these examples of Bubble Maps of Goldilocks on Pinterest.

In the center is the subject of the bubble map. In this case, it is the name and picture of Goldilocks.

Surrounding the center circle are adjectives that describe Goldilocks, such as naughty, curious, and hungry. Notice that both pictures and words are used on the Goldilocks graphic organizer (You may use more pictures and words on a bubble map depending on your ability.).

3. Print the Graphic Organizer - Bubble Map from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar for one of the three bears in Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

In the center circle, put the name or picture of the bear you are describing. You may add circles to the bubble map if needed. Visit Sample Character Traits from ReadWriteThink for ideas to describe the characters.

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