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The Forbidden City
Students compare and contrast life in Beijing, China within the walls of the Forbidden city during the last imperial dynasty to that of city life after the Cultural Revolution. They research and write a footnoted paper that is peer edited after the first draft.
Mo Willems Author Study
Who is Mo Willems? Explore the author with your class. Learners read books written by Willems, compare and contrast the characters therein, and make predictions about what will happen. Finish off this author study by having small groups produce puppet shows based on the stories. Bring art into literature with this fun activity.
Students compare and contrast changes over time. They collect data in the fall and in the spring, and use the data to compare and contrast changes over time. They need an understanding of the five senses.
Saturn and Its Rings
Learners identify Saturn. In this space lesson students identify the defining characteristics of Saturn and compare and contrast it with Jupiter. Learners make a model of Saturn.
Clearmont Lesson Plan 2; Reading Strategies
Fifth graders review vocabulary words that they have previously learned and practice reading strategies that build their comprehension. In this reading strategies lesson, 5th graders read material regarding the Summer Olympics and complete a Venn Diagram where they compare and contrast related information. Students then build background knowledge by answering specific questions and by making predictions.
How the New Year is Celebrated around the World
Develop compare and contrast skills while expanding cultural knowledge by looking at how different countries ring in the new year.
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Eighth graders write a Compare and Contrast essay comparing the lives of similarly aged students at different Latitudes. They share their essays with epals, via e-mail. They may include digital photographs in their correspondence as well.
Sky Quest: Exploring the Constellations
Students examine constellations and planets through completing various activities. Students work individually and in groups to create drawings based on stars, compare and contrast the night sky with and without a telescope and learn vocabulary associated with space.
Comparing Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation (1862) and Alexander II's Emancipation Manifesto (1861)
Young scholars compare and contrast 2 primary sources regarding slavery. In this historical perspectives activity, student analyze and compare Abraham Lincoln’s American Emancipation Proclamation and Alexander II's Russian Emancipation Manifesto. Students also compare slavery conditions in America and Russia when the documents were written.
TV Careers: Reality vs. Fantasy
Students take a closer look at occupations on television. In this career instructional activity, students discuss careers as depicted on television and then conduct independent research on the careers. Students compare and contrast their findings.
Author's Voice in Passage
Students explore author's voice. In this literary elements and reading comprehension lesson, students listen to two poems about snakes (included) and identify adjectives and other descriptive words and phrases that help them determine the "voice" of the text. Students compare and contrast several other poems focusing on identifying "voice." Students read two passages about swimming independently and complete a worksheet in which they compare and contrast the poets' "voice."
Wrestling with Science and Social Studies
Students investigate the form and function of the human muscular system within the context of wrestling. They compare and contrast the three forms of wrestling, and discover the importance of the muscular system in each style.
Students compare and contrast the role of scientists with that of archaeologists. They also describe the roles of observations and evidence in science.
A Tale of Two Wars
Students create Venn diagrams comparing and contrasting the Vietnam and Iraq wars. They write informed letters to their senators expressing their opinions and possible solutions to the war. They also create mock bumper stickers displaying their views about the war in Iraq as either Democrats or Republicans.
Slimy Advertising and a Wicked Resume
Young scholars compare and contrast a classic fairy tale with a fractured story. They create a list of skills that appeal to a fairy tale employer and understand successful advertising that appeals to its intended audience. They write an advertisement flier that would appeal to a witch.
Tell It to the Judge - Persuasive Essay
Students compare and contrast a classic fairy tale with a fractured one and complete a graphic organizer. Then they write a persuasive essay following the steps of the writing process. Finally, students publish their completed essay and illustrate them using art supplies.
Trade and Travel Along the Silk Road
Students examine the religions that developed along the Silk Road. In this compare and contrast lesson plan, students visit various stations within the classroom to learn about the Silk Road and the two religions that developed. Using a guidelines sheet, students must complete projects at each station with varying ability levels. Projects are then evaluated as assessment.
The Planet Mars
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.
Where the Wild Things Are
Eighth graders compare the movie and book of Where The Wild Things Are. In this literature lesson, 8th graders write an essay describing how the book and movie compared and contrasted. They analyze the elements of fiction in each.
Students examine the statistics of baseball players. For this statistics lesson, students use baseball statistics to make whisker plots, and measure central tendencies. Students compare and contrast the data between players.