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Students explore cultural diversity. In this cultural awareness lesson, students examine the similarities and differences in various cultures and discuss the value of these differences.
Parents and children tend to look alike, but they are also very different. Little learners examine the similarities and differences found in various adult/infant animal pairs. They discuss what full-grown and infant animals look like, and then play a matching game where they match adult animals to their babies. After the game, youngsters draw and/or write a sentence describing what they've learned.
Fourth graders orally share similarities and differences between their culture and the Masai culture based on their reading of Masai and I, by Virginia Kroll
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 are introduced to basic genetic information to discover how they acquired the traits they have. Individually, they develop a family tree and identify the similarities and differences between two poeple. In groups, they examine the way different animals reproduce and match the mother with the correct baby.
Students examine the similarities and differences of Christmas celebrations around the world. They watch a video, conduct Internet research, and develop a Powerpoint Presentation to present to the class.
Second graders compare shapes and determine which are exact or congruent, similar and different. Students sort sets of shapes using superposition and describe the similarities and differences.
First graders use the think/pair/share strategy to show the similarities and differences of their holidays. They discuss reasons it's important to accept the different ways people celebrate. Students listen as the teacher reads "Uncle Vova's Tree" by Polacco. They complete a student handout about Traditions.
Students explore similarities and differences. They name ways they are alike and different from their peers.
Students find similarities and differences between themselves and a partner using a digital photograph to illustrate them. They use Multimedia Lab to create a multi-grade interactive multimedia presentation using the digital photos, highlighting similarities and stressing the positive impact diversity has on school.
Here is a fantastic lesson that integrates the culture, food, and rituals of Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. The class discusses what they know about the holidays typically associated with each of the three religions, then they analyze and define food rituals. In small groups, they conduct research on one religious holiday and use their research to construct a menu, which will be used as the basis of large-group discussions on the similarities and differences in each religious holiday. A well-thought-out lesson that  contains everything needed: videos, links, worksheets, vocabulary, and background information.
The instructional activity starts with a discussion on how and why we should be respectful in the outdoor environment; then it's outside we go! Little scientists look for two trees that are very different, they draw each tree in detail and then return to the class for further instruction. Once inside, they color their pictures and discuss the similarities and differences they found. The attached worksheet will help them compare and contrast their trees.
Students write original plays based on supernatural explanations of existence. In this cultural creation myths lesson, students listen to five different stories about supernatural creation. Students record similarities and differences in these stories. Students write a 300 word essay about the basic elements in these stories and then work in groups to write a play and perform it.
Students construct a map from geographic data and explain relationships found in the information. Students identify ancient beliefs and customs through Hawaiian creation myths while comparing similarities and differences and appreciating diverse perspectives.
First graders investigate how human needs (i.e., food, clothing, shelter, language, artistic expressions) in Mexico are met in similar and different ways from those in the United States.
Students compare and contrast similarities and differences between Canada and the US.  In this geography lesson, students read various articles and identify similarities and differences in economies, cultures, geography, climate, and systems of government between the US and Canada.
Seventh graders access, analyze, and present information on plant and animal cells.
Students explore the parts of a cell. They identify the structures of plant and animal cells. Students explain the functions of plant and animal cells. They compare and contrast animal cells to plant cells. Students create a model of the cell.
Teach your class about the necessities of life using the book Tillena Lou's Day in the Sun. After a teacher-read-aloud, students make puppets depicting different plants and animals from the story and illustrating the habitat in which they live. The puppets are shared with the class and facilitate a discussion about the similarities and differences between plants and animals. The lesson plan calls for a two-column chart to record ideas from the discussion, but consider using a Venn diagram to better highlight comparisons. As an extension, take a nature walk with your class and have them record different plants and animals they observe.
Students examine the international conflicts that might have caused the terrorist attacks of 9/11. In groups, they research the similarities and differences between the three major religions and how they connect to 9/11. To end the lesson, they review public opinion surveys on the attacks and compare this attack to others in history.

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