Character Feelings

Contributor: Alison Weiss. Lesson ID: 10807

Are emotions important? They help you express yourself! Story characters show them, and knowing this helps you understand what you read. With online fun, a lion, and mouse, learn about their feelings!



learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Lion, Beaver
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Do you always understand what you read? Can you use a strategy to help you comprehend what you read? Try a little detective work!

One strategy you can use to help you understand what you read is to infer character emotions.

In this case, infer means you have to use clues in the text to understand what characters are feeling and how their feelings change throughout the story.

The author does not always tell you exactly what the characters are thinking or feeling. Being able to understand how the characters feel — and how their feelings change — might help you understand the characters' actions, or why certain things happened in the story.

Learn about making inferences by going through these Inference Examples from

Practice discovering a character's emotions by selecting a book of your choice from Children's Storybooks Online.

  1. If you scroll around, you will find different free books to choose from.
  2. As you make your way through the story, draw emoji faces that show the different feelings the main character experiences.
  3. Make sure to put the page number beneath each drawing as his or her emotion changes.
  4. When you are finished with the book, take a look at all the different emotions the character experienced. Reflect on a day when you had a similar set of emotions, and discuss with your parent or teacher how characters in a book are like real people.

When you are ready, continue on to the Got It? section to meet a lion and a mouse!

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