Second graders have been busy learning about story elements and character traits. Story elements of focus have been beginning, middle, and end, story summaries, and characters. They learned about character traits and how to use elements of the story to learn more about each character. As a culminating activity, students were asked to select a favorite book and carefully pay attention to the story elements and character traits of each character in the book. Students then created story webs and summarized the beginning, middle and end of their book of choice. To make the activity even more fun, families were asked to decorate a pumpkin to resemble one the characters in the book.