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

Lesson 2: Comparing and Contrasting Yourself to a Character

Lesson Plan

First Day Jitters | 210L

First Day Jitters
Learning Goal
Compare and contrast themselves to a character.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg, markers, chart paper
  • Teacher Modeling

    will review the purpose of Venn diagrams. I will use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast myself with another teacher. I will read aloud the first 7 pages of First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg and chart the characteristics of Sarah Jane Hartwell. (Example Chart is provided.)

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I compare and contrast myself with another teacher?" Students should respond that you thought about the ways you and the other teacher are similar and ways you are different.

  • Guided Practice

    will finish reading First Day Jitters and chart more characteristics of Sarah Jane Hartwell. I will model how to complete a Venn diagram, comparing and contrasting myself with Sarah Jane Hartwell. (Blank Venn diagram is provided.) For example, Sarah Jane and I are both teachers so I will write that in the middle of my Venn diagram. Sarah Jane has a dog and a cat, but I don’t have any pets so I will write in Sarah Jane’s circle that she has a cat and a dog. I will write in my circle that I do not have any pets.

  • Independent Practice

    will complete a Venn diagram comparing and contrasting yourself with Sarah Jane Hartwell. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

    TIP: Students are using Venn diagrams as a tool for comparing and contrasting, but the objective for the lesson is for students to understand similarities and differences. Some students may not be ready to use the Venn diagram. These students can use other, simpler graphic organizers to organize similarities and differences between themselves and Sarah Jane.

Build Student Vocabulary stumbled

Tier 2 Word: stumbled
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story On the first day of school, Sarah stumbled into the bathroom.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Stumble means to trip when walking or running. In the story, Sarah walks in a clumsy way into the bathroom.
Students repeat the word Say the word stumbled with me: stumbled.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I often stumble over toys in my room. While I was at the playground the other day, I saw a little girl stumble as she ran towards the swings.
Students provide examples Can you think of a time when you stumbled? Start by saying, “Once I stumbled when ____________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? stumbled
Additional Vocabulary Words nonsense, clammy

Build Student Background Knowledge

Pause before reading pages 8-9. Explain that if someone is missing for a long period of time, you can call the police to report it. You can also call the police if you are lost and need someone to help you find your way back home. Explain that learning your phone number and address is important because you can share your phone number and address with the police if you are lost. They can use this information to help you find your way home.

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User Comments

great lesson.

Cannot wait to use this next week.