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Who's unique?
Encourages students to examine their ideas about how they are different and similar to each other by participating in an activity and then discussing their thoughts.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–5 Guidance and Healthful Living)
All About ME: Likenesses & Differences
This lesson will help to enhance the self-esteem of students by focusing on each child's individual differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Guidance, Healthful Living, and Social Studies)
By Crystal Sigmon.
Little and big houses
Using the book Little House on the Prairie and international keypals, students will learn about similarities and differences among children at different times and in different places.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3 English Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies)
By Karen Ester.
Photo comparison: Focus on geography
A worksheet for students to use when comparing photographs, focusing on information about the population of the region in which they were taken.
Format: worksheet
By Eric Eaton.
Using Venn diagrams to compare and contrast
In order to be able to compare and contrast weather in other places around the country and the world, the students will learn how to use a graphic organizer (Venn diagram) to visualize likeness and differences between two things.
Format: lesson plan (grade 2 English Language Arts and Science)
By Kelly Sharpe, Kathleen Hughes, Ruffin Priest, Sondra Walker, and Sandra McKee.
Comparing & contrasting real & make-believe bears
Student pairs create a Venn Diagram in their Bear Research Journal listing things that are the same and different about real and make-believe bears.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 English Language Arts and Mathematics)
By Susan Lovett.
Jonkonnu celebrations in North Carolina and beyond
In this lesson plan, students read two articles about Jonkonnu, an African American and Afro-Caribbean celebration among slave populations with origins in West Africa. Students complete a graphic organizer comparing Jonkonnu in North Carolina, Belize, and Jamaica.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8 and 11 Social Studies)
By Jamie Lathan.
Sorting again and again!
Students will discover that beans have many attributes and they will sort them accordingly.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1 Mathematics)
By Melanie Kush.
A renaissance of jazz and poetry
The Harlem Renaissance was the birth of a creative plethora in all fields of art for African Americans. The poetry and jazz composed during or inspired by this era naturally complemented each other. Furthermore, many of the themes from the musical and literary worlds are universal and provide a great lesson on how two different works can have a parallel theme.
Format: lesson plan (grade 8–10 English Language Arts and Music Education)
By Janet Fore.
Comparing governments: International
This lesson focuses on comparing and contrasting national governments in North America and/or Central America. It is the second of two lessons about government. The other is Comparing Governments: Local, State, and National. This plan could be easily adapted for eighth-grade or high-school ESL students.
Format: lesson plan (grade 5 and 7 English Language Development and Social Studies)
By Tami Weaver and Wendy Pineda.
Comparing and contrasting careers
In CareerStart lessons: Grade six, page 1.9
This lesson for grade six will help students understand comparing and contrasting. Students will conduct career surveys with adults and will use the results to create Venn diagrams.
Format: lesson plan (grade 6–8 English Language Arts and Guidance)
By Jennifer Brookshire and Julie McCann.
Activity: Quinceañera
In The Changing Face of Mexico, page 3.2
Form a committee with some friends who can take you to a Latino tienda or mercado in your community. Divide up responsibility for finding certain articles that are used for a quinceañera,...
Format: activity
Penguin possibilities: Sorting by attributes
This lesson is designed to help students observe details and explore ways that objects, in this case penguins, can be sorted by various attributes such as size, color, etc.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics)
By Shyrl Stadler.
Feathers, fins, fur, scales, and skin
Using observation, students will identify animal groups by their appearance. The students will move through animal centers looking for similarities and differences of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
Format: lesson plan (grade K–1 Science)
Pigs and wolf on a map!
The students will construct a Double Bubble Map to compare and contrast two versions of a familiar fairytale.
Format: lesson plan (grade 1–4 English Language Arts)
By Cherry Randall.
Comparing/contrasting characters: A Taste of Blackberries
This lesson is designed to use with Chapter 1 of the novel A Taste of Blackberries. Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two main characters and then relate the material to their own lives.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–5 English Language Arts)
By Denise Caudle.
Me and my scarecrow
This math lesson will allow students to create their own individual and unique scarecrows based on attributes about themselves. Students will compare their scarecrows to those of their classmates and observe similarities and differences.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Mathematics and Social Studies)
By Stephanie Duncan.
Figurative language: Similes
Students will define and identify similes as well as evaluate the use of similes in the poem, "The Base Stealer" by Robert Francis.
Format: lesson plan (grade 3–4 English Language Arts)
By Kimberly Conville.
One, two, three... go Poe!
In this lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast three short stories they have read by Edgar Allan Poe. The assignment will be divided into three parts: (1) They will have read and discussed or completed other classroom activities on each of the three stories. (2) They will work in small groups to brainstorm and create comparison/contrast charts that will be shared with the class. (3) Students will create their own graphic organizers based on the ideas shared in step two and then create a draft and final paper.
Format: lesson plan (grade 9–11 English Language Arts)
By Janie Peak.
Animals move!
This plan introduces students to the different ways animals move.
Format: lesson plan (grade K Healthful Living and Mathematics)
By Michelle Tesiero.