Can be used for 1st – 2nd, Homeschool students.
Includes: PDF, 31 pages
This set of activities guides students as they learn to compare and contrast information in a text. This book has scaffolding built in that makes this difficult skill more accessible to beginning readers.
They will use their background knowledge and a photo to identify basic similarities and differences among two familiar objects. This activity introduces the vocabulary compare and contrast. You can provide graphic organizers to assist your students in organizing their ideas.
Once you have learned how to distinguish similarities and differences, it is time to move on to story and picture cards. These will allow students to compare and contrast two objects. They will read a brief text and find information to go with their graphic organizers.
- 9 full-color graphic organizers including Venn diagrams, bubble maps, and organizational tables. The first two organizers are focused on comparing and then contrasting. This allows students to understand each concept individually before they are combined.
- 2 black and white graphic organizers to copy for student use
- 8 story cards for individual or small group practice. Each card has picture cards that show the objects being compared. Students will look at the cards, then read the passage and create a graphic organizer that compares and contrasts the objects. This activity can be integrated into writing. The completed graphic organizers can be used by students as planning sheets for compare and contrast writing pieces.
- Additional full-color Venn diagrams to go with each story card
HOW TO DIFFERENTIATE THIS ACTIVITY:
For more advanced learners, you can increase the rigor by having them randomly pick two picture cards and then compare and contrast the objects using their own knowledge or by doing research. This could lead to a descriptive writing piece.
To show and model the difference between contrast and comparison, I use color organizers. The story cards are then placed in a central location with the student organizers. Students can practice their skills on their own.
The scaffolding this resource provides helps students of all levels succeed at comparing and contrasting:
❤️ “This truly helped my struggling students to understand compare and contrast from a written paragraph.” – Pamela
❤️ “I saw another speech therapist use these passages when teaching comparing and contrasting and I just had to have it too. These passages have been extremely helpful in teaching language impairment to my 2nd and 1st grade students. “Thank you!” – Mitza
❤️ “I love how this gradually built up from simple to complex. It’s perfect for my first-graders. – Buyer
DIGITAL OPTION: This product is enabled as an Easel Activity, so you can assign it directly in your online learning platform and use it to create interactive tasks for your students. Some of the graphic organizers have been prepared for digital use. You can also print the PDF in the same way you would normally. For more information on Easel Activities see this GETTING STARTED GUIDE.
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Identify basic similarities in and differences between two texts on the same topic (e.g., in illustrations, descriptions, or procedures).
This resource provides a ready-to use interactive activity that students can complete from any device. The Easel app by TpT can be used for free. Learn more.