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Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
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Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Students will use transition words to support understanding of comparing and contrasting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Sharing Opinions About Stories
Sharing Opinions About Stories
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Sharing Opinions About Stories
Use this lesson plan to introduce, preview, or review the concept of sharing an opinion using a hilarious read aloud text! This can be used as a standalone lesson or with the lesson The Little Red Hen Story Patterns.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Learning to Listen With My Heart
Learning to Listen With My Heart
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Learning to Listen With My Heart
Gabi Garcia's "Listening With My Heart" provides students with an opportunity to reflect on ways to extend themselves compassion all year long. This engaging lesson supports students in understanding what kindness is, as well as how to be kind to themselves and others in their daily lives.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Identifying Character and Setting
Identifying Character and Setting
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Identifying Character and Setting
In this support lesson, ELs will learn how to identify the characters and setting in a story while using noun phrases to support their understanding. It can be used alone or as support for the lesson Exploring the Features of a Book Series.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
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He Said/She Said, I Said/You Said
In this engaging lesson, students compare and contrast a firsthand account and a secondhand account of the same historical event: the sinking of the Titanic.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
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Comparing and Contrasting Christmas Around the World
It’s time to take a trip around the world and experience Christmas in different countries. Students will explore how their Christmas traditions compare and contrast with kids across the world and chart their findings on a Venn diagram.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
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Compare and Contrast W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver
In this lesson, ask students to compare and contrast two important African-American historical figures. Students will write an informational paragraph on the similarities and differences between W.E.B. Du Bois and George Washington Carver.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
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Comparing Primary and Secondary Sources
What's the difference between primary and secondary sources? This lesson will compare the two types of sources and ask students to discuss the benefits of using each source.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Two Perspectives
Two Perspectives
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Two Perspectives
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how to use conjunctions when contrasting information from two different characters’ perspectives. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the Whose Point Is It Anyway? lesson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
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Compare and Contrast: Platypus
In this worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus. Kids will compare and contrast the passages, and identify the main ideas.
2nd grade
Science
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
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Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
This lesson combines an introduction to biomes with some fun Venn diagram exercises. Not only will students learn more about nature, they'll also learn how to make comparisons between different things in nature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
Author Study: Faith Ringgold
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Author Study: Faith Ringgold
This engaging lesson teaches students about the famous author Faith Ringgold. Students will explore two pieces of literature, comparing and contrasting story elements, then write opinion pieces to illustrate which book they liked best.
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
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These Stories Are (Almost) the Same
Stories can change a lot depending on the point of view they are told from. In this lesson, students explore point of view by comparing and contrasting two versions of "The Three Little Pigs."
1st grade
Reading & Writing
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
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Comparing Nonfiction Text Features
Not all nonfiction texts on the same topic are created equal! Using this lesson plan, your class will become familiar with nonfiction features by comparing and contrasting texts on a shared topic.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
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Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
Here are listed a handful of natural resources, for kids to classify as renewable resources and nonrenewable resources.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Compare Two Characters
Compare Two Characters
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Compare Two Characters
How are Little Red Riding Hood and the Big, Bad Wolf different? Do they share any similarities? Challenge your young readers to hone their reading comprehension skills as they compare and contrast characters in a book or story with this Venn diagram works
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Compare & Contrast Themes
Compare & Contrast Themes
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Compare & Contrast Themes
Get your students thinking about themes as they compare and contrast two different picture books of their choice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Red and Green Apples
Red and Green Apples
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Red and Green Apples
Students will learn about apples and nonfiction writing in this lesson. When they are done comparing and contrasting, there might even be a tasty snack in their future!
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
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Comparing and Contrasting Book Series
So many students love to read books in a series but they don't give much thought to what a series really is. In this lesson students discover the two kinds of book series and apply classifying criteria to examples in the library.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
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Writing Opinions About Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz was a 17th century writer and philosopher who today is considered one of the first documented feminists and advocates for women’s education. In this lesson, students will read two nonfiction texts about Sor Juana and discuss her life and accomplishments before writing an opinion piece about her.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
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Nonfiction Compare & Contrast
Help your kindergarten students learn about comparing and contrasting nonfiction texts using this helpful Venn diagram.
Kindergarten
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
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Compare and Contrast Fictional Stories: First Day at the New School
In this exercise, your students will compare and contrast two fictional stories with the same characters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
The Same or Different? You Decide!
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The Same or Different? You Decide!
Are the stories the same or different? You decide! Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing the story elements in two fictional stories written by the same author.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Top Hat Graphic Organizer
Top Hat Graphic Organizer
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Top Hat Graphic Organizer
Use this graphic organizer to list comparisons between two nouns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
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Genre Guide & Reading Challenge
Use this handy genre guide to teach students about 14 different genres!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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