Lessons & Units

Compare and Contrast 3rd Grade Unit

Lessons

Lesson 1 Using Compare and Contrast Key Words Use compare and contrast key words to compare two objects.
Lesson 2 Compare and Contrast Settings Compare and contrast a subject in a nonfiction book.
Lesson 3 Compare and Contrast Characters Compare and contrast two characters in fiction.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students read Beezus and Ramona by Beverly Cleary, and compare and contrast Beezus and Ramona using a Venn diagram or T-chart. This activity can be repeated with any two characters in a fiction book.
  • Have students read Compare and Contrast reading passages and answer the compare and contrast questions at the end of passages. (Passages are available on the website.)
  • Have students read a book and watch the corresponding movie. Students can then complete a Venn diagram or a T-chart comparing and contrasting the book and the movie. Examples of books and movies include:
    • Charlotte’s Web by E. B. White
    • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
    • Babe, the Gallant Pig by Dick King-Smith
    • Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
    • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Have students write a report comparing and contrasting two topics in nonfiction (preferably related to science and social studies content standards). For example:
    • Ancient Greece and today
    • Ancient China and today
    • Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.
    • George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
  • Have students continue to write comparison essays on characters from independent reading books. Have students answer the writing prompt: Which character do you admire most and why?

More Books for Teaching Compare and Contrast

If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War
The Stories Julian Tells
Chicken Sunday

User Comments

We used two great books by Chris Van Allsburg (Jumanji and Zathura) to compare settings, plots, and themes. Students were very engaged while listening to the read alouds. They displayed great inferring skills and we had wonderful discussions. Definitely two great books to teach CCSS RL.3.9.
That is a great idea!
I am thinking of shorter text for RL3.9 like Henry and Mudge books. I need ideas for shorter text like this with more varied themes.
I agree with Kimberley Carlson. It would be nice to find something with two selections by the same author about the same or similar character. I was thinking for 3rd graders maybe chapter books like Judy Blume's series on Fudge.
I was wondering if you had two selections by the same author so students could compare settings, plots, and themes for literature, per CCSS for 3rd grade.
I can recommend using Patricia Polacco's books, Thank you, Mr. Falker and The Junkyard Wonders to compare characters, settings and themes in 3rd grade. The children love this author and the comparisons are easy for children to make and understand.

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