What our Comparing and Contrasting lesson plan includes
Lesson Objectives and Overview: Comparing and Contrasting teaches students how to find similar traits and those that differ between objects. Students will be able to define both terms and correctly use them in various situations.
This lesson contains one page of content. It starts out with a question asking students to find things that are the same about two objects. Then it asks them to find things that are different. Students will learn that comparing two objects refers to finding things that are similar between the two. Contrasting two objects implies finding the traits or properties that are different.
At the bottom of the second page, there is a helpful chart that will remind students what to look for. When comparing, they should ask themselves what is the same between two items. When contrasting, they should ask what is different between two items.
ITEM PAIRS ACTIVITY
Students can work in pairs or groups or on their own for the activity. You will provide each student, or group of students, several pairs of objects. Students will compare and contrast the items in each pair. The table on the worksheet shows three columns. Students will write what items they received in each pair in the first column. They will then write what is the same in the second column. Finally, they will write what differs between the objects in the third column.
COMPARING AND CONTRASTING PRACTICE WORKSHEET
The practice worksheet lists four groups of compare and contrast lines. There are pictures of two objects on the right that correspond to each group of lines. Students will compare and contrast each set of pictures and write what they find on the given lines.
VENN DIAGRAM HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT
Similar to the other worksheets, students will compare different sets of two items for the homework assignment. However, they will use Venn diagrams to show what they find. There are three sets of items for them to compare and contrast.