This 20 page download has many motivating activities to help instruct, reinforce, and extend the concepts comparing and contrasting.
The following can be used for instruction and/or as a center/early finishers work:
*Connecting with the Text (1 page) – Students use the Venn diagram to tell how they are the same and different from a character from the text.
*Compare and Contrast Settings (1 page) – Students choose two stories and tell how the settings are the same and different.
*Compare and Contrast City vs. Country (1 page) – Students tell how the city and country are the same and different.
*Compare and Contrast with Friends (2 pages) – Questionnaire and Venn diagram recording sheet – Students fill out the interview sheet and use the information to find how they are similar and different from their friends.
*Nat and Mag (2 pages) - Students apply the skill to fiction using the story of two rats, Nat and Mag. Two versions are included for differentiated practice.
*Compare and Contrast Fiction vs. Nonfiction (1 page) – this recording sheet can help students organize their thoughts and understanding of how fiction and nonfiction are the same and different.
*Frog and Toad Compare and Contrast (4 pages- differentiated practice)
*1 informational page that presents information about frogs and toads
*Frog and Toad Venn diagram recording sheet to be used after reading the informational sheet
*Frog and Toad Compare and Contrast (2 formats – short paragraph and bulleted list)
*Sporty Compare and Contrast - Students compare and contrast informational cards about football, baseball, soccer, and lacrosse. The pages can be cut in half and used as a center. Students choose two different sports and read to identify similarities and differences. Can be used to reinforce the skill or as a literacy center. The pages to support this activity are as follows:
*Sporty Compare and Contrast Venn Diagram recording sheet (1 page)
*Sporty Compare and Contrast Comparing Venn Diagram (1 page) - soccer and basketball - pictures only. This can be used to for students who are struggling readers as a concrete example of how to use the graphic organizer or as separately as an engagement for your lesson.
*Informational Sport Cards - (4 pages - 2 per page)
Information for each sport is written in two formats, paragraph format and bulleted list for differentiation purposes.
*Acknowledgements page (1 page)
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