Comparison & Contrast: Writing, Sensory, or Word Processing Unit

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This is a quick activity that can be used for different purposes and age groups. I have used it with fifth graders as the first component of a writing unit for a comparison and contrast essay. But more recently, I have used it as a fun way to introduce word processing skills to first-graders. They click inside a cell in the table and type one adjective for each category and for each of the two pieces of candy after they make various observations using their different senses (look at it, smell it, touch it, taste it, "hear" it as you eat it). Then they complete the comparing statement at the bottom of the page by clicking at the end of the starter sentence and finishing it with their own words. They then repeat this for the contrasting statement. As a writing unit, students can then use this page in place of the brainstorming or pre-writing notes and elaborate on their ideas for their essays (single paragraphs or full-page essays).

The zipped folder includes a PDF for hard copy or active board use and a digital copy in Word format for use on computers. The Word version could also be modified for use with fruits, veggies, or other types of objects that lend themselves well for comparing and contrasting through sensory exploration.
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Comparison & Contrast: Writing, Sensory, or Word Processing Unit
Comparison & Contrast: Writing, Sensory, or Word Processing Unit
Comparison & Contrast: Writing, Sensory, or Word Processing Unit