A variety of strategies and scaffolded activities that will help students gain foundation skills needed to compare and contrast.
*12 picture cards to stimulate comparative thinking (cat/dog, school/home, city/farm, apple/banana fairy/witch, elf/giant, castle/cottage, tortoise/hare, book/computer, pancakes/cereal, soccer/basketball).
* 2 sentence frames
"____ and ______ are the same because______"
"_____ and ________ are different because_________".
*Compare with "wh" questions graphic organizer
*T-chart Graphic Organizer
* Venn Diagram
*4 differentiated apple-and-orange themed frames to display student work (blank, 3-lined, fully lined, and black and white)
*Book themed frame to display student work includes wordart "I can compare and contrast characters, settings and events in a story".
*Visual cues and word lists "Use Adjectives When You Compare and Contrast"
*Mini Poster "How Do You Compare" to enhance your bulletin board display, features original speech2teach illustrations.
*Reflection check list for students also featuring adorable illustrations (color and black and white versions).
*Cue Cards "Words that help us Compare" and "Words that Help us Contrast".
Helpful hint: Consider using youtube clips "the tortoise and the hare" and "Country Mouse City Mouse" to allow struggling readers to engage in compare and contrast activities (links listed in table of contents).