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Lesson 1: Using Compare and Contrast Key Words
Third graders compare and contrast two things. In this comparing lesson, 3rd graders see vocabulary words used when comparing or contrasting two items. They read the story Alligators and Crocodiles by Trudi Strain Trueit and write a paragraph comparing the two using their new vocabulary.
Text Organization: Compare and Contrast
Fifth graders develop skills for comparing themselves to another person. They complete a Venn diagram to compare two items. Additionally, pupils discuss their Venn diagram where they compared themselves to another person including 5 differences and 5 similarities.
Comparing and Contrasting Yourself to a Character
First and second graders explore character as a story element. They listen to the first part of the story First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and observe the teacher modeling a compare and contrast characters activity. Learners listen to the last part of the story, then complete a Venn diagram comparing themselves to the teacher character in the book.
Compare and Contrast Settings
Third graders compare different lifestyles. In this settings lesson, 3rd graders read Colonial Life, determine similarities and differences between today and life in Colonial times and write a passage about these similarities and differences. Students read about the Amazon and compare and contrast Amazon life to life today.
Learners respond to the text Riding Freedom. They will compare and contrast two settings by filling in a graphic organizer. They explore different settings, discuss the reasons why settings change, and draw conclusions using descriptive words. Attached are two worksheets. Note: This activity contains a great approach for teaching the vocabulary term scrawny.
Fifth graders analyze two settings. In this compare and contrast lesson students compare and contrast the settings in The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. Students find and record similarities and differences of the two settings.
Balance of Nature and the Westward Movement
In this U.S. history lesson, 1st graders study the westward expansion movement of the mid-1800's. Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast a modern road trip to the methods of travel in the days of the wagon trains. There are many excellent resources embedded in this well-designed lesson plan.
How Quickly Disease Spreads
Students demonstrate how quickly disease spreads and the importance of protective measures with communicable diseases. They examine past epidemics such as the Bubonic Plague and make predictions about future epidemics.They compare and contrast medieval medical expertise with that of modern medicine.
White House Scandals
Students investigate the Watergate scandal. They compare and contrast the Watergate incident with other White House scandals.
A Day of Infamy: Analyzing FDR's Pearl harbor Speech
Students analyze Bush's speech after the attacks of 2001, and FDR's "Infamy" speech. the compare and contrast the speeches and events that led to them followed by a duscussion based on included questions.
Students use a graphic organizer to research, compare and contrast two countries. They write a brief (or detailed - depending on age) report of their findings.
My Home is Not Your Home
Students examine tension in Slovakia over issue of the rights of Romas (Gypsies). They compare and contrast situation in Slovakia to other historical examples researched in class.
Putting on the Ritz, Oreo, and Saltines
Students examine the physical properties of Ritz crackers, Oreo cookies, and Saltines using their 5 senses. For this compare and contrast lesson, students create a Venn diagram with their findings and write a power paragraph with a clear main idea and supporting details
Students compare and contrast photosynthesis and chemosynthesis as processes that provide energy to biological communities. They investigate the energy content of hydrocarbons used in coral communities.
Origin of the Modern Olympic Games
Students using a Venn diagram, compare and contrast the modern and ancient Olympic games. They write essays and construct timelines about the games. Students, using various items, create tools for a new Olympic game and write the rules and how the tool is used. the lesson also includes several extension activities.
Building Bridges for Young Learners- School
Students examine the purpose of education. In this schooling lesson, students read a letter from a child in Uzbekistan. Students compare and contrast their schooling to children around the world.
Consider the Source
Learners explain how to critically compare news reporting from around the world, focusing on coverage of the Taliban regime. They compare and contrast television and print media reporting on the issue.
Amidst the Rubble of Ruined Cities
Students, in committees, develop and propose solutions to rebuild various elements of Colombia's infrastructure in the wake of the January 25, 1999 earthquake, as well as compare and contrast the earthquake's affects on Colombia to an earthquake in Los Angeles.
Fairy Tales - Another Point of View
First graders compare and contrast two different versions of the fairy tale, The Three Little Pigs. They utilize a Venn diagram in order to document what is alike and different in the stories. The lesson includes an extensive activities list.
Magnets in a Bag
Fifth graders compare and contrast the patterns that they create using iron fillings and different types of magnets.