After reading "Miss Nelson is Missing," have the students compare and contrast the students with Miss Nelson and with the substitute teacher. Great project to push your students to really think about the differences other than physical differences.
Works great to have them brainstorm ways to compare/contrast individually, as a group, and later as a whole before completing the writing piece.
Write a response comparing and contrasting the students in Miss Nelson’s class to the students in Miss Swamp’s class. Be sure to include both ways that they are similar and different.