This very simple, one-page graphic organizer has become one of the best study and review techniques that I use in my biology classes. It forces students to think deeply about two topics or concepts as they search to find the similarities and differences between them. Students are better able to organize information to see the relationships between two concepts.
I use this graphic organize to have students compare and contrast:
1. Photosynthesis and respiration
2. Mitosis and Meiosis
3. Protostomes and deuterostomes
4. Vascular plants and nonvascular plants
5. Prokaryotes and eukaryotes
6. Various animal phyla
7. Systems of the body
I keep a stack of these copied and ready to pass out to my students, and use them whenever a suitable opportunity arises.
This document is suitable for all subject areas and can be used by students in grades 4 and higher.
You are welcome. It is a great tool for a science classroom! Thanks for leaving feedback.
January 29, 2013
Thank you for a linear "venn diagram." I like how simple it is. And I really appreciate including a science example. I'm new to teaching that concept this year and wouldn't know all of the differences.
I really appreciate you taking the time to leave such grand ratings on my product. Enjoy!
January 6, 2013
I can definitely see the versatility of this resource. As a high school English teacher, I could use this to compare/contrast characters, inner/outer conflicts, etc, but more interestingly, I could use it for comparing the difference between topics and themes; facts and opinions. Great!
Amy, olyMoly....i just realized i was not following you and now i made your # 666!!!! oopsie... hope you aren't superstitious. Anyway, this is perfect! An organizer invaluable to my collection of tools for my kiddos. It's so versatile!!! And it's a different layout--many of my students come to me STUCK on the fact that compare/contrast has to be done w/ a Venn diagram... ;) Thanks dear!!
Love this! I am going to share it with my English teachers, who will also find it quite valuable! Thanks for the clear, succinct, and organized graphic organizer that will surely help all learning levels visualize the comparisons being made!