Additional Compare and Contrast Resources
Click on the links under the images to get the free printable to teach compare and contrast.
This is one of my favorite Christmas actitivies. Students read the stories behind the creation of Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. They then compare and contrast these two stories.
As you can see from the T-chart students sort details related to the two stories. This is a high interest way to add nonfiction texts into the curriculum during a time when students are super excited about the holiday season.
Here are a few details to get you hooked.
Montgomery Ward was a department store that began in 1872. Every year for Christmas, the store bought and gave away coloring books for the children who visited Santa. In 1939, the store decided to ask Robert L. May, an employee, to create a coloring book to help save money. This is when May created Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.
The year after the song of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was a big Christmas hit, Walter "Jack" Rollins and Steve Nelson wrote Frosty the Snowman in hopes of another big hit. The song was sent to Gene Autry, who recorded it. Gene Autry’s version of the song peaked on the Billboard pop singles chart at number 7 in 1950.
If your students are interested in Cinderella, you will want to check out my free unit. It includes the story as well as all the parts to teach vocabulary, comprehension, and writing. The unit also contains a link to one of my webpages where I have added several clips from different Cinderella stories. These include everything from the Disney cartoon version to 2015 real life version of the story.
This printable compares different characters in children's literature who have disabilities. You might wish to add it to a disability awareness event such as March's Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month or April's World Wish Day sponsored by the Make a Wish Foundation.
This printable compares witches in literature. It is a fun addition to your Halloween activities.
These organizer may be used for many compare and contrast activities including the following comparing and contrasting:
fictional stories to their nonfictional counterpart
This blog post contains the following Youtube videos embedded for students to compare and compare and contrast:
The post contains a pdf handout with a list of suggested songs for the different text structures. The handout also includes some general organizers that students may be used with the songs.