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Second graders compare and contrast the weather around the country. They will use a weather website to record the weather in two places. Then they will record their findings on a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the weather of the two regions. Consider adding the story, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs for interest!
Look for the signal words! Scholars get both instruction and practice comparing and contrasting. Although it is completely scripted, it can also serve as a detailed outline. Demonstrate this as you read a passage (included) and search for words signaling similarities or differences. Visualize using a Venn Diagram (there is a blank template here). Give learners practice through two more passages. There is a completed Venn Diagram for the middle passage, however consider simply projecting the blank template for all three passages. Adaptations and word cards are also included.
Are you new to teaching 2nd grade and in need of an extensive fully scripted instructional activity on comparing and contrasting characters in a text? This resource contains a reading passage, example and blank Venn Diagrams, and a fully teacher's script. Learners use the diagram to compare the similarities and differences found in a passage describing a pair of cousins.
A scripted lesson can be a big help for new teachers. This fully scripted three-day learning activity provides teachers with the means to demonstrate how to compare and contrast two topics in two texts. Learners will work as a class to use details from an informational text passage to compare and contrast the Earth to Mercury. Group work, discussion, summarizing, and a Venn Diagram are used to facilitate this skill.
Students compare and contrast information on the declining population of pandas by looking at 3 different sources: one handout and two videos. Students generate ideas for why pandas are declining and fill out a compare/contrast chart of the information students collected from each source, noting contradictory information. Students write a paragraph using their chart to conclude why the panda population is declining.
Fourth graders examine fairy tales. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, 4th graders read various fairy tales to determine what is alike and different about the stories.
Third graders compare and contrast the two books, The Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf and The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig. Students construct a Venn diagram after reading the two fairy tales.
Second graders analyze differences between fiction and nonfiction texts. In this compare and contrast instructional activity, 2nd graders review texts, discuss similarities and differences, and complete a Venn Diagram.
The last lesson in a series of three lessons, this plan is designed to have young readers further explore fiction and nonfiction books. They will compare and contrast the characteristics of each genre using a Venn Diagram to organize the information they gathered from an activity in a pervious lesson. They should complete this Venn Diagram individually, then share with a partner and finally with the whole class.
Focus on similarities and differences with a jigsaw activity that requires pupils to compare Waiting for the Biblioburro to other texts they have read. To prepare, class members first respond to text-dependent questions, moving on to fill out a graphic organizer in small groups, after they have discussed the answers to the questions. A strong continuation of this unit.
Students read the play "Julius Caesar" by William Shakespeare. In groups, they identify the instances of similes, metaphors and personification. They use the Internet to compare and contrast the events in the play with historical facts. To end the lesson, they hold a mock trial to examine Brutus' innocence or guilt.
Young scholars discover how to use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to visualize likeness and differences between two things. They use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast weather in two places and see how to organize data they collect
Venn diagrams are a great way for kids to differentiate details in a story, article, or poem. After watching a five-minute video, have your middle schoolers practice comparing and contrasting details in a student-written poem. A great way to have learners read carefully and analyze what they are reading.
Students compare two pieces of literature. In this literary comparisons lesson, students read 2 books that they personally select and then compare and contrast the literary elements of each in a comparative essay.
Third graders compare and contrast two versions of Little Red Riding Hood. In this language arts/literature lesson, 3rd graders determine how to label the circles of a Venn Diagram. Additionally, students begin to discuss details for each circle. Students record answers. Students continue to work independently.
Compare and contrast two characters from the book Miss Nelson is Missing. Using a Venn Diagram, have pupils compare and contrast personal characteristics between Miss Nelson and Miss Swamp. Individuals can then share their responses with the class in order to create a whole group diagram.
Eighth graders read many types of literature from American authors. Using the text, they use a graphic organizer to organize events into order. They compare and contrast the pieces they have read and identify the main ideas. They also compare and contrast the conflict and theme of the readings and participate in class discussions.
Pupils practice observing and analyzing two works of art. They describe the elements and principles, subject matter, history and mediums of two works of art. Use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of two works of art.
Ninth graders summarize, compare and contrast two poems, ""Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas and "Crossing the Bar" by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. They write a 200 word essay which they take through the writing process.
Ninth graders compare and contrast Holocaust literature. In this Holocaust lesson, 9th graders read Night by Elie Weisel and Life is Beautiful by Roberto Benigni. Students write compare and contrast essays about the 2 novels.