Comparing and Contrasting (Grades 1-3)

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Our Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan will help develop critical thinking and analytical skills in young students as they explore the importance of comparing and contrasting, as well as the method to effectively compare similarities and contrast differences between two or more objects.  Using manipulatives and leveraging peer learning, students work in pairs to compare and contrast given objects.  Develop communication skills as students present their results to the group.

Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Comparing and Contrasting.
  • Comparing and Contrasting Activity Worksheet
  • Comparing and Contrasting Practice Worksheet
  • Comparing and Contrasting Homework Worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Our Comparing and Contrasting Lesson Plan will help develop critical thinking and analytical skills in young students as they explore the importance of comparing and contrasting, as well as the method to effectively compare similarities and contrast differences between two or more objects.  Using manipulatives and leveraging peer learning, students work in pairs to compare and contrast given objects.  Develop communication skills as students present their results to the group.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Resources Snippet:

  1. Choose two students to stand in front of the room to be compared and contrasted. Ask students: What are some of the things that are the same between (name) and (name)?
  2. List the responses for display. Be sure to ask students to tell about things they cannot see, too, like same grade, etc.
  3. Ask students: What are the differences between (name) and (name)?  List the responses for display.
  4. Ask students why it is important to be able to recognize things that are different and the same between two people, animals, or other things?
  5. Allow for responses and discussion.
  6. Distribute the Comparing and Contrasting content page. Read and review the information with the students. If necessary, use additional examples to enhance student understanding.
  7. Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. Distribute two items for comparing and contrasting to each pair of students.
  8. Give students sufficient time to compare/contrast, then they pass the two items to another pair of students. This continues until each pair of students gets a chance to see all ten items.
  9. When complete, allow students to share their responses.
  10. Distribute the Practice page. Give students time to complete the page and then check and review their responses.

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Common Core State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.1.3,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.1.7,  CSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.2.4,   CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.1,  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.3.8

Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade

Subject

Reading