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Comparing and Contrasting in Nonfiction
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Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
Lesson Plan
Adjectives: Comparative and Superlative
Big, bigger, biggest? Teach your students about comparative and superlative adjectives as they make comparisons. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
Lesson Plan
Nonfiction Comprehension: Compare and Contrast
Teach your students to compare and contrast to boost their comprehension! Use this lesson to teach your students to compare and contrast information from two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts
With this resource, your students will read and compare two nonfiction texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Understand African American Spirituals
Understand African American Spirituals
Lesson Plan
Understand African American Spirituals
Spirituals have a long history in the United States, and often serve to strengthen and motivate people. Students will compare three types of spirituals from different time periods and share their understanding with their peers.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day
Compare and Contrast: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Veterans Day
Do your students know the difference between Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day? This reading comprehension worksheet will teach them about the similarities and differences of the holidays. First, they’ll read a passage that provides facts about ea
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
Lesson Plan
Let's Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Text!
This lesson provides students with the opportunity to compare and contrast two athletes who have been instrumental in changing the world of women's sports!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Worksheet
Making Comparisons with a Venn Diagram: Bessie Coleman and Mae Jemison
Students read short biographies of pilot Bessie Coleman and astronaut Mae Jemison, each a pioneer in her field. They then practice using a Venn diagram to compare the lives and accomplishments of each woman.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Worksheet
Transition Words for Comparing & Contrasting
Students will use transition words to support understanding of comparing and contrasting.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Platypus
In this worksheet, students will read two different passages about the platypus. Kids will compare and contrast the passages, and identify the main ideas.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
Lesson Plan
Biomes: Comparing and Contrasting
This lesson combines an introduction to biomes with some fun Venn diagram exercises. Not only will students learn more about nature, they'll also learn how to make comparisons between different things in nature.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
Worksheet
Renewable Resources and Nonrenewable Resources
Here are listed a handful of natural resources, for kids to classify as renewable resources and nonrenewable resources.
2nd grade
Science
Worksheet
Top Hat Graphic Organizer
Top Hat Graphic Organizer
Worksheet
Top Hat Graphic Organizer
Use this graphic organizer to list comparisons between two nouns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similarities and Differences
Similarities and Differences
Lesson Plan
Similarities and Differences
Use this lesson with your students to practice comparing and contrasting the key details in two texts on the same topic. It can be a stand-alone lesson or a pre-lesson for the *What's Similar? What's Different?* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Compare and Contrast Whales
Compare and Contrast Whales
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Whales
Use this resource with your students to get them making connections between two nonfiction texts on the same topic. They will use a Venn diagram to organize the similarities and differences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The History of African American Spirituals
The History of African American Spirituals
Worksheet
The History of African American Spirituals
In the worksheet The History of African American Spirituals, children read about how African Americans used spirituals during different moments in history, starting from their enslavement to the civil rights movement.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Chemical and Physical Changes
What type of change will you get? Use this resource with your students to compare and contrast chemical and physical reactions.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of the Sun
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of the Sun
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of the Sun
With this resource, give your students practice comparing and contrasting the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Stories: Extinct Birds
Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Stories: Extinct Birds
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast Nonfiction Stories: Extinct Birds
Comparing and contrasting nonfiction stories is an important skill for fourth graders. This worksheet gives kids plenty of chance to practice.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Awesome Athletes!
Compare and Contrast: Awesome Athletes!
Worksheet
Compare and Contrast: Awesome Athletes!
This informative and inspiring worksheet will have your students compare and contrast two athletes who have been instrumental in changing the world of women’s sports!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of Water
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of Water
Worksheet
Comparing Two Nonfiction Texts: The Influence of Water
Third graders practice comparing two nonfiction texts in this reading comprehension worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hot or Cold? How Temperatures Affect Plants
Hot or Cold? How Temperatures Affect Plants
Worksheet
Hot or Cold? How Temperatures Affect Plants
How do different plants respond to hot or cold temperatures? In this hands-on worksheet, students will analyze two different texts, comparing and contrasting details in both texts.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Compare & Contrast Nonfiction Texts: The Underground Railroad
Compare & Contrast Nonfiction Texts: The Underground Railroad
Worksheet
Compare & Contrast Nonfiction Texts: The Underground Railroad
Students will compare two informational texts on the same topic using a Venn diagram.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features Checklist
Nonfiction Text Features Checklist
Worksheet
Nonfiction Text Features Checklist
Develop your students’ critical eye with this nonfiction text features checklist! This resource can be used with the Comparing Nonfiction Text Features lesson plan.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Comparing with Transition Words
Comparing with Transition Words
Lesson Plan
Comparing with Transition Words
Help ELs learn how to compare and contrast multiple nonfiction resources, using transition words to support their understanding. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support for the lesson Compare and Contrast Information Across Sources.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
Worksheet
Firsthand or Secondhand Account?
During this reading exercise, students will work in small groups to look at various sample passages and sort them based on firsthand or secondhand accounts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet