Lessons & Units :: Compare and Contrast 1st Grade Unit

Lesson 1: Comparing and Contrasting

Lesson Plan

Learning Goal
Compare and contrast two objects.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Direct Teaching Example Venn Diagram, Guided Practice Example Venn Diagram, Guided Practice Pictures A and B, Independent Practice Worksheet Not Provided: markers, chart paper
  • Teacher Modeling

    will introduce students to compare and contrast. Compare means to find similarities or things that are the same. I will give a few examples of things that are the same in the classroom. For example, George and Carlos have the same color shirt; it is blue. Contrast means to find differences or what is different. I will give a few examples. For example, Gina and Leah have different color hair. Gina has black hair and Leah has blond hair. I will introduce a Venn diagram and state its purpose as organizing similarities and differences. I will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast a book and a notebook. (Example Venn diagram is provided.)

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I compare and contrast two people?" Students should respond that you thought about how the two people were similar and how they were different.

  • Guided Practice

    will use a Venn diagram (example provided) to compare and contrast two pictures (pictures provided). We will talk about the pictures, identifying things that we see in the pictures that are the same and things that are different. For example, both pictures are outside. That is the same, so we will put it in the middle of my Venn diagram. One picture has four people and one picture has three people. That is a difference.

  • Independent Practice

    will work with a partner to complete a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting yourself to your partner. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

    TIP: Support struggling students with the Independent Practice by having them write down all the things that are the same as their partner. Then have them write down all the things that are different. Finally, guide students to record the similarities and differences in the correct place in the Venn diagram.

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