Compare and Contrast Lesson Plans with Activities

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A week's worth of engaging lesson plans to teach students how to compare and contrast two texts, plus write a strong comparison essay that can be taught as either one paragraph or multi-paragraph. These lesson plans are designed to be low prep for the teacher, but keep your kids engaged and challenged the entire week!

There is a whole group and a small group lesson for each day so that you can differentiate and reach each learner.

All the materials are provided, besides books. All the lessons are engaging, low prep, and rigorous for your upper elementary students.

Why these lessons?

Engagement- I saw that my students needed more engagement and relation to their real-life in order to fully understand the skills, so I created these lessons to keep kids excited and involved the whole time.

Tiered Approach- We start with a real-life lesson, then practice as a whole group, work in a small group, work in partners, and finally work alone. We start with support on the skill and slowly take it away to really push the kiddos.

Rigor- The lessons keep kids thinking the entire time and push them to reach their potential.

Low-Prep- These lessons just need to be printed, copied, and they are ready to go! Most activities require little work beforehand for the teacher which makes a teachers busy life easier!

The lessons include:

Monday- A whole group lesson where students will compare and contrast items you set out to learn about compare and contrast, then use an anchor chart to learn the terms and a venn diagram. Lastly, have students compare and contrast each other (or send the project home for homework)

Tuesday- Students will use the venn diagram from yesterday to complete their first comparison essay. You will use an anchor chart to guide them through this process. (you can choose to teach a one paragraph essay style or a multi-paragraph) Then, you will read two Jann Brett stories. First you read "Hedgie Blast Off" and let students create their own planets. Then, you will read "Hedgie's Surprise" and complete a comparison essay.

Wednesday- Play "Would You Rather?" to practice comparing and contrasting. Then, read "Sharks" by Gail Gibbons (free on EPIC) and do discussion questions. Then, students will get in groups to read another book on sharks (either books you provide or use technology and give them the EPIC collection I created). Students will write a comparison essay on the two books.

Thursday- Watch a Pixar video to compare and contrast. Then, read a story that is provided to the class. Students will then get in partners and read a story that is provided that relates to the story you read whole group. They will compare and contrast the story you read and their group story. Then, they will write a story of their own that has similar themes and characters. Lastly, they will get with another group to read each others comparisons.

Friday- Students will look at pictures and compare/contrast them. Then, you will read a version of The Three Little Pigs (can be found on EPIC) and read "The Three Ninja Pigs" by Corey Rosen Schwartz. The students will then make a song/rap compare and contrasting the two. They will perform their song to the class. Give the assessment.

There is one small group lesson per day. You can do this with every group or just do the lessons you think the groups need. You differentiate them by what books you choose.

Monday: Students will get a character card that is provided and then they will compare and contrast themselves to the character.

Tuesday: Students will read two short stories provided, "The Science Fair" and "The Homework Problem". Then, they will use colors to underline compare and contrast. Lastly, they will write a comparison essay.

Wednesday: The students will write a story about vegetables. This will be a time for you to help them with story creation.

Thursday: Students will read "The Vegetables We Eat" by Gail Gibbons (free on EPIC). They will compare and contrast their story from Wednesday with this story.

Friday: Students will read two stories that are provided and compare and contrast them.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series).
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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