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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.
How does Oliver Twist, the novel written by Charles Dickens, compare with its screenplay adaptation? Although the activity doesn't require learners to have read the novel, the similarities and differences of the highlighted passages would be best understood by those who have. After identifying and discussing the differences, have learners choose their favorite book. Has this book been made into a movie? What aspects should remain true to the story's plot line?
Focus on similarities and differences with a jigsaw activity that requires pupils to compare Waiting for the Biblioburro to other texts they have read. To prepare, class members first respond to text-dependent questions, moving on to fill out a graphic organizer in small groups, after they have discussed the answers to the questions. A strong continuation of this unit.
The lesson 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.
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!
Inspirations Software’s Compare and Contrast Templates demonstrate how a graphic organizer can be used to analyze the similarities and differences between any two things. The three models presented compare technological inventions, themes, and revolutions. In addition, the models show how to add visual symbols, text and diagrams to better understand and remember content. The scripted plan includes adaptions, extensions and publishing options.
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.
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.
Where is France? Interest young learners in exploring France, French language, and French culture. They identify similarities and differences between French and American families, speak the French words for family members, analyze maps, and explore various websites. Get them started by learning vocabulayr words in context.
Fifth graders gather information about the roles, responsibilities, skills, and training and education requirements of workers. Then they input this information into a graphic organizer chart and identify the similarities and differences in the careers. Students alos analyze the information for each group member as compared to their own findings.
Cross-media analysis takes time and attention to detail. The class analyzes the painting Long Jakes and the poem "Backward Bill." They pay attention to the similarities and differences in each piece, looking for details that describe the main character's position and expression. They then compose a rhyming poem based on the differences they found in their analysis.
Teach your third graders to compare and contrast literary elements in two different works on related topics. A pre-assessment activity asks young readers to identify story elements such as character, setting, plot, and main idea. Pairs then record the similarities and differences between the two poems or stories on a Venn diagram. Instructional tips, differentiated instructional support, and extensions are included.
Over the course of a week, class groups interview one another, search for similarities and differences within the group, and then prepare a PowerPoint introduction of their group for the entire class. An interesting way to incorporate technology into a beginning-of-the-year, or getting-to-know-you activity.
Students study wildlife and identify similarities and differences between their home and wild environments. In this wildlife lesson plan, students make connections between wildlife and wildlife habitats. Students then build knowledge about the effects that human actions have on wild environments. Students then develop sensory awareness through observation and description of wildlife environments.