Monsters Compare and Contrast Task Cards and Venn Diagram Unit

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This is a 21 page common core-aligned unit that focuses on the critical thinking skill, compare and contrast. It is written as a non-fiction unit, but of course the monsters are made up.

The theme is comparing monsters. Each card has a color picture and biography of the monster. Included are lesson instructions, mini-lessons, 6 sets of cards (12 cards in all), a large Venn diagram with lines, and a paragraph frame. Finally, there is a rubric.

You could use this as a whole class lesson, guided reading lesson, or as a literacy center.

Common Core Standard:
English Language Arts Standards: Reading: Informational Text : Grade 5
• Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

You can use these worksheets and cards however you like, as every teacher has their own teaching style. I have literacy centers set up, so these just fit perfectly. I use them to introduce compare and contrast, and then as a literacy center. You could also use it as a guided reading skill lesson.
Basically, I start each day with a 15 minute mini-lesson. I do this for the first 5 days. Then, the following week, I set up the literacy center. I laminate the 6 sets of compare and contrast cards. I print them out on tag board. On one side I glue the picture, and on the other side I glue the paragraph. Each set of cards is whole punched and I use a brad to keep them together. This way a student can just grab one set of cards, without mixing them up.
I make lots of copies of the Venn diagram and the paragraph frame. I put everything into a folder. Then, students choose a set of cards. They read them, fill out a Venn diagram, and fill out the paragraph frame. There are 6 sets of cards, so that gives them one set to do each day. At the end of the week, I have them pick one paragraph frame and re-write it for a grade.

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2 Weeks

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Monsters Compare and Contrast Task Cards and Venn Diagram Unit
Monsters Compare and Contrast Task Cards and Venn Diagram Unit
Monsters Compare and Contrast Task Cards and Venn Diagram Unit
Monsters Compare and Contrast Task Cards and Venn Diagram Unit
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