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Analyze historical biographies. Young scholars compare and contrast the biographies of Susan B. Anthony and Pat Nixon. They construct graphic organizers, answer critical thinking questions, complete a formative assessment.
Engage historians in world religions through personal stories. This activity has groups analyzing two personal accounts to determine who practices Hinduism and who Buddhism. Four roles are indicated: reader, writer, presenter, and organizer. However, they are not explained, which is fine if your class is used to this strategy. Groups analyze information and create a Venn Diagram comparing the two faiths. Consider synthesizing with a large Venn Diagram including all group responses.
Students practice compare and contrast skills. In this science and language development lesson, students complete a T chart generating traits of a snail and a clam. Students complete a related worksheet.
Explore nonfiction writing by comparing and contrasting two different texts. After reading two nonfiction books, articles, or magazines, learners utilize a graphic organizer to record their similarities and differences. They answer study questions and compare the differences between a fiction and nonfiction book.
In this compare and contrast graphic organizer worksheet, students choose 2 characters from Twelfth Night and use the chart to list how the characters are alike and different.
An alternative to a Venn diagram, this T-Chart guides young readers through comparing and contrasting two different items or concepts. They explore how the ideas are alike in the first column, and different in the second. Extend the lesson into a writing assignment to reinforce the concept.
Through analyzing two Renaissance works of art, have your class describe elements and principles, subject matter, history and medium. They use a compare and contrast strategy to interpret the meaning of the works of art. This is a motivating way to explore these topics.
Activate analysis skills with the video and related materials provided here. Using a Venn diagram, class members compare and contrast the two roads in Robert Frost's "The Road Not Taken." Ask your learners to think about how the comparison helps them to see the conflict in a different way and focus on using specific details from the text in the Venn diagram. Pupils can practice their comparing and contrasting skills on two other included poems. Watch the video and accompanying coach's commentary to gain an understanding of the procedures required for the lesson.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students read the passage 'Resolving Conflict' and answer the 5 compare and contrast questions.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students compare and contrast the jaybird and canary. Students write 2 sentences about the jaybird, one sentence of contrast, and two sentences about the canary.
Students compare and contrast creation stories. In this Bible studies lesson, students work in groups to read and summarize creation myths and share with their peers. The class goes on to create a chart to compare and contrast these creation myths with the Biblical story.
In this compare and contrast learning exercise, students study the picture and complete a size comparison. Students circle the answers to the first 5 questions. Students draw dogs that are the same size and different size for the last 2 exercises.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students study the pictures and write 2 sentences to show how the pictures are alike and different.
In this compare and contrast worksheet, students read the 5 words in a list and write "duck" on the line if the word refers to a duck, "duckling" if it refers to a duckling, and "both" if it tells about both.
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!
Twelfth graders compare and contrast information from stories. In this similarities and differences activity, 12th graders read about Milton Hershey and Forrest S. Mars to learn about the lives of the two men. Students complete a graphic organizer to demonstrate understanding.
Students 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.
The fifth video in a series about "The Twelfth Song of Thunder" covers poem organization. Focusing on comparing and contrasting the structures of different stanzas, the video guides middle schoolers through the process of interpreting organization. The video would be a great addition to your poetry unit, and to show kids how to structure their poems in a more meaningful way.
Students 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.