We have been learning about characters and their motives for doing and saying things in stories to help us better understand what we read and what is read to us. We introduced this by reading Auntie Claus. I modeled the first three examples on our chart. Then for the last two, the students talked with their partners and I wrote down what they discussed. We also reviewed theme or the big idea of the story. All the students agreed that the big idea was it is better to give than receive. We talked about how we can give our time to help someone else that giving is not just material things.