Learning about Character Traits

Students in third grade read a biography called The Man Who Invented Basketball. They learned about James Naismith and his tough love and tough life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. They used a graphic organizer to write about key moments in his life, major accomplishments, and the power of perseverance. Students worked together to come up with character traits to describe James Naismith. They learned that although he faced many hardships and challenges, Naismith rose above. Not only did he invent the game of basketball in 1891, but he also: became a minister, director of the YMCA, becomes a medical doctor, helped American soldiers in WWI as a military chaplain, and was honored at the Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany.