Overview: Young readers use their prediction skills and comparison skills while enjoying the book Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall.
Subject: English Language Arts: Reading Literature
Grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd
Duration: 45 minutes
Related Concepts: Miss Nelson is Missing, Reading Comprehension, Compare and Contrast, Making Predictions
Students will be able to:
Compare and contrast two characters and their characteristics with a Venn diagram.
Compare and contrast their own characteristics with those of a partner.
Essential Questions: What characteristics can you use to compare two people? What makes me the same or different from others?
Academic Vocabulary: compare and contrast, character traits, characteristics, predictions
Book Vocabulary: misbehaving, unpleasant, detective, wicked, discouraged
Common Core Standards Addressed:
- ELA: Reading Literature
- RL.1.3, 7, 10
- RL.2.3, 7, 10
- RL.3.3, 7, 10
- Projection system (optional)
Ask the class if there has ever been a time they lost something, or could not find someone. Have the students turn and share their ideas with a partner. Once they have shared, show the students the cover of the book Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall. Ask the students what they think the story is about. Could a teacher go missing?
Write “Miss Nelson” and “Viola Swamp” on the board before reading the book aloud to the class. As the book is read, stop and question the students about what is happening, as well as characteristics of Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp. Note their responses on the whiteboard or projector. Once the story is over, have the students imagine how they would feel if they had been a student Miss Nelson's class. Which teacher would they have liked best?
Ask the students for more words that describe both of these teachers and write down their responses under each character's name. Explain to the students that these are characteristics of these teachers.
Provide the students with a Venn diagram. Show the students how to label one circle for each teacher. With a partner, have them complete the venn diagram adding in characteristics of Miss Nelson, Viola Swamp, and then enter characteristics they share, where the circles overlap. As needed, check the students work to assure they understand the diagram and the characteristics of the characters.
Place the class in pairs and give each student the partner Venn diagram. They should complete the diagram in the same manner as the guided practice; however, this time they are comparing and contrasting their own characteristics with their partner. Be sure to have them write the characteristics they have in common in the area that overlaps.
After the activities have concluded, students can report out about their partners characteristics on the form.
Once the personal/partner Venn diagrams are complete, have a class discussion about the characteristics that describe the students. Have volunteers share their Venn diagrams with the class. Discuss that even though we can have different characteristics from someone, there are probably characteristics they share, just like Miss Nelson and Viola Swamp.
- Check for understanding throughout the reading and discussion.
- Assess collected Venn diagrams and partner worksheets.
Students that need extra reinforcement could be given a copy of the book to use while working with a partner to find more characteristics about the characters.
Students still forming writing skills could dictate the characteristics for both diagrams verbally an adult or an advanced student.
Provide paper words to students to glue where they belong on the diagram.
Advanced students could write a story that includes themselves being a student in the Miss Nelson/Viola Swamp class.