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Help your third graders reinforce their literacy and grammar skills with this resource, which incorporates four Houghton-Mifflin stories ("The Keeping Quilt," "Anthony Reynoso: Born to Rope," "The Talking Cloth," and "Dancing Rainbows"). They practice comparing and contrasting, as well as noting details about characters, using possessive pronouns and comparative adjectives. The activity is differentiated into beginning, intermediate, and advanced skill levels.
Students explore philanthropy in literature. In this literature lesson, students read text from three different genres that all have a moral. Students compare and contrast these pieces of literature, focusing on the character traits that exemplified being a productive community member.
Where did the Olympic Summer Games originate? The class takes a look at ancient origins of modern Olympic games. They research the Olympics and write a compare and contrast essay that describes how the Olympic Games have changed since ancient times. They also create a time-line that traces Olympic events, tools, and technology that has shaped the way the games have been played.
Three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("Moving Day," "Me on the Map," and "The Kite") guide this lesson plan, which addresses comparing and contrasting details, making generalizations and inferences, and cause and effect. Pupils answer questions about maps, weather, and details about shells.
This lesson is intended for a music class but would be a great way to teach compare and contrast to any class. Kindergarteners dance the Hokey Pokey to four different styles of music and examine two paintings of Humpty Dumpty, then discuss the similarities and differences in the songs, dances, and art. Wonderful idea!
Students look at three different versions of the Cinderella story. For this comparative literature lesson, students read the Chinese version "Yeh-Shen", the Egyptian version "Rhodopis," and the Native American version "The Hidden One" of Cinderella. Students then compare and contrast the stories to the version they are most familiar with, keeping in mind the cultural context each story was written in.
Students discover how coffee is processed from a plant, to a drink. In this life cycle lesson, students study that cells and organisms go through a cycle of growth and change. Students organize picture cards, illustrate how coffee is grown, compare and contrast differences in how coffee is grown and discuss how coffee gets to the grocery store.
What is a primary source and can an oral testimony be one? Older learners will compare and contrast stories from family members on their perspectives on what happened on September 11, 2001. Then they will compare the stories to see if there are different views after the incident. The goal is to have the student create an accurate record of the event, thus understanding the roles of historians, curators, and archivists.
Learners compare and contrast communities.They explore factors that influence how people live, the roles of adults and children, and the interaction of people who live and work within a community. The activity focuses on the country of Cape Verde.
Discuss the value of friendship with these three stories from Houghton-Mifflin ("When I Am Old with You," "The New Friend," "The Surprise Family"). ELD pupils can practice making predictions, compare and contrast characters, and note details with adverbs and adjectives. Three sets of vocabulary and sentences frames differentiate the lesson plan into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced levels.
Learners examine traditional roles of women. In this women's history activity, students compare and contrast roles of women, analyze challenges of women, write about their own dreams, and discuss how women are portrayed in society.
Seventh graders compare and contrast the leadership of George Washington and Cincinnatus. In this historical perspectives activity, 7th graders research the noted Web sites to answer questions about the 2 men.
Practice writing compare and contrast essays in your class by starting out with a Venn diagram. A sample that can be expanded upon is provided here. After your writers have completed the guided practice, have them write individual essays on more complex topics. The idea listed in the instructional activity relates to an earlier instructional activity on the same site. Materials are included, but can only be viewed by signing in. An account is free.
Students practice the skill of comparing and contrasting. In this historical literature instructional activity, students compare and contrast elements of London's culture in the 1500s to that of the present day. Students use the Mark Twain novel The Prince and the Pauper as a guide to understanding 1500s London culture. Students demonstrate their findings using one of a variety of creative methods.
In these compare and contrast worksheets, students complete 4 different worksheets that help them learn how to compare and contrast different topics.
Chapter 1 of A Taste of Blueberries provides an opportunity for young readers to compare and contrast the two main characters in this story. Using a Venn diagram, readers locate similarities and differences between Jamie and the narrator and use sticky notes to mark passages where they find information for their diagram.
Seventh graders explore how to compare and contrast characters.
Students compare and contrast trade routes. In this trade route lesson plan, students explore the Oregon Trail and the Santa Fe trail. Students compare and contrast the purposes for these trails.
Fourth graders read the biographical narratives Lou Gehrig and Wings of Hope and compare and contrast the pieces of literature in a Venn diagram.
A Venn diagram is a great tool. Middle schoolers research specific authors from different time periods, cultures, and genres. In groups, they create a Venn Diagram in order to compare and contrast two pieces of literature by the same author. They must use excerpts from the text to support their claims.