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Students research slavery in ancient Rome and compare and contrast it to slavery in the United States. For this slavery lesson, students investigate the differences of slavery in different parts of the country, write a paper to report their findings, and create drawings that also depict the results of the research.
Fifth graders gain knowledge about Mars and Earth. In this compare and contrast lesson, 5th graders use visual representations of the solar system to observe the characteristics of the planets. Students read fiction and nonfiction materials about Mars and create a brochure about life on Mars.
Learners examine the religions that developed along the Silk Road. In this compare and contrast lesson, students visit various stations within the classroom to learn about the Silk Road and the two religions that developed. Using a guidelines sheet, learners must complete projects at each station with varying ability levels. Projects are then evaluated as assessment.
Students write an autobiography using one main pattern of text organization. In this text organization lesson, students read several examples of articles with sequence, list, cause and effect, and compare and contrast patterns, discuss which pattern is best to use and when to use it, then they complete graphic organizers of each pattern before writing their autobiography.
Students look at three different versions of the Cinderella story. In 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.
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.
Analyze two versions of Little Red Riding Hood using this literature/arts activity. Using this fairy tales instructional activity, students read the American and Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood and discuss the two tales. They will also create a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two fairy tales.
Students explore the concept of "culture." In this cross curriculum literacy and world history lesson, students listen to a letter written by a child from Namibia, then compare and contrast life in Africa with their own life. Students differentiate between "visible" and "invisible" culture traits, and generate a T chart listing examples. Students work in small groups to develop their own definition of "culture."
Students compare and contrast simple machines and their functions. For this cross-curriculum science simple machines lesson, students observe examples and read about simple machines, then use body movement to demonstrate how machines work. Groups prepare and perform a related skit.
Learners examine the portrait of two historical princesses. In this art history lesson, students define the term "adornment" and discuss the characteristics of each painting. Learners compare and contrast the objects worn by women. As a follow-up activity, students draw a portrait of a women from their own lives.
Two different texts, one topic, and a Venn diagram, it sounds like a standard ready to be met. Young learners compare and contrast two stories with an environmental themed; Virginia Lee Burton's The Little House and Bill Peet's Farewell to Shady Glade. They complete a Venn diagram, answer critical thinking questions, and write a paragraph about the comparison process.
Sixth graders identify components of the setting in science fiction text. In this compare and contrast settings lesson, 6th graders read Only You Can Save Mankind and identify similarities and differences between science fiction text and the real world. Students examine characters in a variety of settings and complete a Venn Diagram.
Elementary life science explorers compare and contrast aquatic and terrestrial plants (elodea and soybeans) in a Venn diagram. Some background information is provided to support direct instruction, and general instructions are provided to guide learners through the investigation. There is no lab sheet provided; as learners are meant to record observations in a science journal.