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Dugongs, Elephants, and Evolution
Young scholars compare and contrast the physical appearance and adaptations of dugongs with those of elephants. Next, they consider the evolutionary relationship between these two animal species. They finish by writing paragraphs about their discoveries.
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.
Parts of a Solar Panel-Part I
Students examine electrical contacts, solar cells, and rechargeable batteries and compare and contrast the characteristics of a solar cell to a rechargeable battery in a hands-on activity. Students complete a worksheet as they participate in the activity.
Solar Kit Lesson #3 Parts of a Solar Panel - Part I
A solar cell is similar to a rechargeable battery in many ways. Science lab groups connect each in a series circuit to run a mini motor and then compare and contrast them by answering questions and completing a Venn diagram. This is an intriguing investigation for upper elementary science learners when focusing on alternative sources of energy or electric circuits.
Enjoying the Adventure
Learners read aloud and perform a simplified version of Mark Twain's novel The Prince and the Pauper. They watch a video version of the novel and then analyze, compare, and contrast characters. Each person also writes letters to a character from the point of view of another character and then creates a new ending to the play.
Students compare and contrast the stories of "Cinderella" and "Little Gold Star." Students discuss the magic helper in both stories. Students become the magic helper by bestowing random acts of kindness on others. Students receive stars along with the kindnesses. No one may receive two stars until each student has one.
Piracy: A Continuing Problem
Students compare and contrast piracy in its "golden age" with modern piracy. They find out where piracy is practiced today and write reports pretending they are on an international anti-piracy commission.
Celebrating Our Cultures
First graders construct a Venn diagram, using KidsPiration, including at least one similarity and two differences between their own and others' family customs and traditions. They read the story, "Too Many Tamales" by Gary Soto and use it as a springboard to compare and contrast their family traditions/customs with others
Reading the Play
Middle schoolers 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.
East Meets West
Students explore the influences of culture in food choices and customs. They compare and contrast information to create a menu using a Web site and Student Writing Center. Suggestions for creating an on-line graphic organizer as well as an informal assessment are included in the cross-curricular lesson plan.
Students research epidemics that have devastated world population at various points in history. They share and calculate statistics obtained in their research and develop graphs comparing and contrasting how different epidemics affect global population
Mitosis vs. Meiosis Worksheet
This complete learning exercise includes short answer and multiple choice questions as well as a Venn diagram for comparing and contrasting mitosis with meiosis. Separate teachers' instructions are supplied. This could be used as homework and is suitable for any high school general biology course.
Young scholars explore how scientific understanding of the natural world can help to develop more sophisticated technologies. They consider and relate the science of optics and sea star features and then compare and contrast elements in a poster.
Students investigate crystalline solids. In this crystals instructional activity, students observe samples of natural crystals and compare and contrast each. They draw pictures with crayons and then paint over their picture using crystalline solids mixed with tempera paint. Students observe their dry paintings using magnifying glasses and explain the differences in the crystals they observe.
Active Citizenship: The Civil Rights Work of Bob Moses
Students discuss and describe the impact of Bob Moses as an activist, compare and contrast the work of Bob Moses in the 1960's and today and develop an action plan regarding an issue they feel strongly about.
Public Lands: Preserve Or Develop?
Students are introduced to the various ways that public lands are valued, used, and managed in the United States. They compare and contrast different types of public lands, then simulate the decision-making when converting private land to public land.
Duck, Duck, Goose or Swan?
Students study the waterfowl of a wetland. They use Venn diagram to compare and contrast the duck, goose and swan. They research the waterfowl using the Internet. They create a timeline and slideshow of the life of a duck, goose, or swan over the course of a year.
Students investigate materials that emit light. In this deep ocean lesson, students compare and contrast materials that emit light under certain conditions and infer the light-producing process. They explain three ways this evidence is used to study deep-sea organisms.
Explorers in Kansas
Fourth graders read cards about the explorers: Coronado, Lewis, and Clark, Pike, and Long. In this influential expeditions instructional activity, 4th graders describe and observe explorers who came to Kansas. Students locate main reasons and details as they compare and contrasts the experiences of all four expeditions. Students then read a map and review text features to complete a worksheet.