This resource includes two articles-one on plants' basic needs and the other on animals' basic needs for students to use for the common core aligned standard of comparing and contrasting two texts on a similar topic. Students are provided with an easy-to-follow process to aid them in comparing and contrasting the two articles. This lesson plan bundle includes a recording sheet for students to write important facts from each paragraph while reading the two texts. They can then use these facts recorded during reading to assist them in filling out the comparison circles (Venn Diagram) included in the bundle. Finally, they will be able to write two sentences to compare and contrast the articles using words from a word bank provided to them.