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Compare and Contrast 2nd Grade Unit

Lessons

Lesson 1 Identifying Compare and Contrast Key Words Identify similarities and differences using key words.
Lesson 2 Using Compare and Contrast Key Words Use key words to compare and contrast two objects.
Lesson 3 Compare and Contrast Fairy Tales Use key words to compare and contrast two fairy tales.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students compare and contrast different cultural variations of fairy tales, such as Cinderella and Yeh-Shen by Ai-Ling Louie.
  • Have students compare and contrast the point of view or perspective in two versions of the same story, such as The Three Little Pigs and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.
  • Have students write a paragraph using “compare” and “contrast” key words on any of the following two subjects: Two favorite TV shows; Summer and winter; Fall and spring; Two teachers; Two favorite books; A book and the movie version of the book; Two siblings; Two family members; Fiction and nonfiction
  • Have students write new versions of a fairy tale they have read. Then, have them use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two versions of the fairy tale. You can also have students write two versions of an original fairy tale and then use a Venn diagram to compare and contrast the two versions.
  • Students can identify “compare” and “contrast” key words in independent reading. Have them keep a list of these words in their writing journal or folder. 
  • Students may compare and contrast two items from the topic they are studying in Social Studies and/or Science.

User Comments

I like to use different Goldilocks tales when I teach compare and contrast. Our favorites are "Goldilocks and just one bear" and "Goldilocks and the three dinosaurs".

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