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

Lesson 3: Comparing and Contrasting Two Characters from a Book

Lesson Plan

Toot and Puddle | 320L

Toot and Puddle
Learning Goal
Compare and contrast two characters from a book.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Venn Diagram, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie, Sheila Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will read aloud the first ten pages of Toot and Puddle by Holly Hobbie. I will compare and contrast Toot and Puddle using a Venn diagram. (Example Venn diagram is provided.)

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I compare and contrast Toot and Puddle in the book?" Students should respond that you read the book and thought about what was the similar and what was different about Toot and Puddle based on the story.

  • Guided Practice

    will continue to listen as I read the rest of Toot and Puddle. We will continue to use the Venn diagram to compare and contrast Toot and Puddle.

  • Independent Practice

    will listen to Shelia Rae, The Brave by Kevin Henkes. You will identify similarities and differences between Shelia Rae and her sister Louise using a Venn diagram. (Independent Practice Worksheet is provided.)

    TIP: Students will need access to the book to complete the Independent Practice.

Build Student Vocabulary preferred

Tier 2 Word: preferred
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story When Toot asked Puddle if he wanted to go on a trip with him, Puddle preferred to stay home.
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) Prefer means to like something or somebody better than something or somebody else. When Puddle says that he preferred to stay home, it meant that he liked the idea of staying home more than he liked the idea of traveling.
Students repeat the word Say the word preferred with me: preferred.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts I preferred to have tea this morning rather than coffee. My dog preferred to walk in the park rather than down the sidewalk. I prefer carrots rather than green beans.
Students provide examples Tell me something you prefer. Tell me about it by saying “I prefer ____________ rather than __________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? preferred
Additional Vocabulary Words deny, presenting

Build Student Background Knowledge

After reading Toot and Puddle, explain that you are going to trace Toot's journey around the world on your classroom map or globe. Start in Africa, and then go to Egypt, the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, India, the Alps, Spain, Antarctica, Paris, and Italy. Each time you point out the next stop, refer to the illustrations in the book to help students associate cultural or natural artifacts with places (i.e. bulls with Spain, and elephants in India).

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