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Compare and contrast old and modern historical accounts of the life of Thomas Jefferson. Learners begin by evaluating the responsibilities of history textbooks in reporting historical events, people, and eras. Next, they discuss how new information should be used to enhance the information contained in standard texts. This exercise could be used as a critical thinking activity for your class.
Through reading and writing, learners explore common elements found in fairy tales. After discussing traditional fairy tales, class members listen to The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by John Scieszka, a hilarious retelling of the classic tale from the point of view of the wolf. Young writers then compose their own fractured fairy tale, including fairy tale elements and their own twist on a common story! A list of assessment questions is provided to help guide your writers.
Historical fiction becomes a platform for exploring different perspectives. The class makes predictions based on illustrations, completes Venn diagrams to compare and contrast differing points of view, and to think about how characters change. The unit culminates with kids writing extra chapters from the point of view of the main character to extend the end of the stories. Other extension activities include using photography and music. Assessment ideas are listed.
Elementary schoolers investigate nonfiction stories by analyzing facts and opinions. They read nonfiction stories about the Lewis and Clark expedition. Pupils utilize a T-chart to list the facts and opinions on opposite sides, and then compare their importance to the overall story.
Students explore the nonfiction comprehension strategy of "compare and contrast." In this nonfiction reading comprehension lesson, students identify the implied main idea of several passages. Students compare and contrast two articles with the similar main idea of "endangered species." Students complete a Venn diagram independently, comparing the two passages.
What happens during a natural disaster? Science and language arts come together in this resource, which works from three Houghton-Mifflin stories ("Earthquake Terror," "Eye of the Storm: Chasing Storms with Warren Faidley," and "Volcanoes"). ELD pupils will benefit from the differentiated vocabulary lists and sentence frames. The stories and provided questions help them practice sequencing events, expressing fact and opinion, and comparing and contrasting details.
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
Explore nonfiction writing by comparing and contrasting two different texts. After reading two nonfiction books, articles, or magazines, students utilize a graphic organizer to record their similarities and differences. They answer study questions and compare the differences between a fiction and nonfiction book.
Do your scholars understand compare and contrast? Introduce the concept using this interactive Venn Diagram. Learners engage with you as you point out things in the class that are the same and different. Personalize it by comparing students themselves based on shirt color, seats, etc. They examine two pictures and help you fill out a Venn Diagram. Then they practice with partners comparing themselves to a classmate. The diagram and both pictures are included.
Introduce your class to fairy tales with this lesson. After reading the fractured fairy tale, "The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," third, fourth, and fifth graders write a personal narrative as a response to the fairy tale. They compare and contrast the classic fairy tale with the fractured story, completing a graphic organizer to showcase their thoughts.