Compare and Contrast Passages-Animals, Insects, Adventures, & Amphibians

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Compare & Contrast Non-fiction & Fiction Passages

After looking over my end of the year test results and talking with my sweet friend who teaches first grade in Arizona, I decided that it would be highly beneficial to create passages to help my kiddos practice comparing and contrasting.

In the product there are 25 pages that will give your students the much needed practice. Each page includes two passages to compare and contrast. Some have the students comparing and contrasting characters, while others are comparing and contrasting similar topics.

The passages are challenging, so I have used these toward the end of the year with my firsties. You could read the passages together and have the students help you come up with what to put in the Venn Diagram too.

I have added answer keys to this product. There are about 3-5 answers given per part of the Venn Diagram.

The Passages Include:

Gorilla Groups & Gary Gorilla-A nonfiction passage about gorilla groups and a fiction passage about the leader of a gorilla group named Gary

Crazy Clans & Lot of Lions-A nonfiction passage about hyena groups and a nonfiction passage about lion groups

Crocodiles & Alligators- Two nonfiction passages about alligators and crocodiles

Dogs Declare & Cats Connect-Two nonfiction passages about dogs & cats and how they communicate using their tails

Beautiful Butterflies & Marvelous Moths-Two nonfiction passages about butterflies and moths

Betty Butterfly & Margaret Moth-Two fiction passages about a butterflies' and a moth’s lives

Killer King Cobras & Gentle Gecko-Two nonfiction passages about cobras and geckos

Labrador Retriever & Border Collies-Two nonfiction passages about two types of dogs

African & Asian Elephants-Two nonfiction passages about how Asian and African elephants are similar and different

Whitewater Rafting & You Saved my Life-A nonfiction passage about whitewater rafting and a passage about a sister who saves her brother during a whitewater rafting trip

Stingrays & Manta rays-Two nonfiction passages about stingrays & manta rays

Octopuses & Giant Squid-Two nonfiction passages about octopuses and giant squid

Sea Cucumbers & Sea Stars-Two nonfiction passages about sea cucumbers and stars and how they are similar and different

Cheetahs & Jaguars-Two nonfiction passages about two large cats

Zebras & Giraffes-Two nonfiction passages on zebras and giraffes

Polar Bears & Brown Bears-Two nonfiction passages on polar and brown bears and how they are similar and different

Emperor Penguins & Macaroni Penguins-Two nonfiction passages on how these two types of penguins are the same and different

Sherry Shark & Hammerhead Sharks- A fictional passage about a hammerhead shark that makes a new friend, A nonfiction passage about hammerhead sharks

Jellyfish & Portuguese Man-Of-War-Two nonfiction passages about two “fish” that look similar, but are completely different

Black Widows & Tarantulas-Two nonfiction passages comparing two dangerous spiders

The Frog Princess & The Life Cycle of a Frog-One fictional passage about a princess who turns into a frog and a nonfiction passage about the life cycle of a frog

Owen Olsen & Olivia O’Ryan-Two fictional passages about two first graders who go to different schools and live in different lives

Dolphins & Whales-Two nonfiction passages about dolphins and whales and their similarities and differences

Crabs & Shrimp-Two nonfiction passages about two crustaceans

Honey Bees & Killer Bees-Two nonfiction passages about bees


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.


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