Comparing Spring Things
Students will be able to look at two objects and compare them by identifying which object has more or less of an attribute.
- Tell students that we are now enjoying the season of spring.
- Ask students to brainstorm a list of things that come to mind when they think about spring (such as sunshine, flowers, rabbits, and Easter eggs).
- Draw students' ideas on a piece of chart paper to be used later in the lesson. Title this chart paper "Spring Things."
- Explain to students that today we will be comparing different spring-themed objects.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(10 minutes)
- Draw a picture of two baskets on the board. Draw two eggs in one basket and four eggs in the other basket.
- Explain to students that we are going to compare these objects. Compare means to look at two or more objects and see what is the same and different about them.
- Tell students that we are going to compare the amount of eggs. Write on the board, "Which has more?" Ask students to raise their hand to tell you which basket has more eggs.
- Post a piece of chart paper titled "Let's Compare" on the board, and write, "Which has more?" under the title.
- Ask students to think of other ways we can compare two objects. For example: Who is shorter? Who is taller? Who is heavier? Who is lighter? Who is older? Who is younger? Who is bigger? Who is smaller?
- Write these ideas on the chart paper and save it to use later in the lesson.
Guided Practice(10 minutes)
- Project the Comparing Two Things worksheet onto the board.
- Draw students' attention to the example at the top of the paper with the drawings of the two carrots and the writing "Which is longer?" Point out that if you look closely, the carrot on top is longer than the carrot on the bottom. Therefore, the top carrot has been circled.
- Complete the remainder of this worksheet as a class.
- Tell students that the creator of this worksheet drew two spring-themed pictures and asked a question comparing the two objects. Explain that this is what they will be doing today during Independent Work Time.
- Having completed the worksheet as a class, ask students if they can think of any more ways to compare things that can be added to the "Let's Compare" chart paper.
Independent working time(20 minutes)
- Tell students that they will now create their own spring-themed comparison worksheet for one of their classmates to complete. Tell students to draw at least four comparison pictures.
- Encourage students to use the "Spring Things" and "Let's Compare" chart papers as resources as they create their worksheets.
- Distribute blank white paper, markers, and pencils to each student.
- Instruct students to exchange their worksheets with a partner once they are done creating them.
- Use dictation with students who are learning to write by asking them to draw their pictures and then tell you what they would like to compare in each picture. Write students' questions for them under their pictures.
- Encourage students to add a third item to each of their comparisons on their worksheet.
- Ask students to use their classmates instead of spring objects for their comparisons. For an additional challenge, encourage students to use complete sentences instead of drawing pictures. For example, students can write, "Who is taller? Mike or Emma?" Or, "Who has bigger feet? Jesse or Monica?"
- Project the Color and Compare Weights of Objects worksheet
- Tell students their job is to tell you which object weighs more: the first object or the second object?
- Move through each pair of objects, and have students hold up one finger if the first object weighs more and two fingers if the second object weighs more.
- Continue this process until you have completed the entire worksheet.
Review and closing(10 minutes)
- Call two students to the front of the classroom, and ask students to think of ways to compare this pair of students. For example, they might compare their height, amount of hair, length of arms, and size of feet.
- Continue this process with at least three pairs of students.
- Tell students they can make comparing objects into a game that they play with their family at home. Encourage students to compare objects around their house including people, pets, kitchen items, and more.