Learning to compare and contrast information in a text is an important reading comprehension skill. This set of activities guides young readers through this process.
They will start by finding basic similarities and differences between two familiar objects using background knowledge and a picture. This activity introduces the vocabulary “compare” and “contrast”. Graphic organizers are provided to help your students organize their ideas.
After learning to describe differences and similarities, move on to the story and picture cards. With these, your students will compare and contrast two objects by reading a short text and finding information to add to their graphic organizers.
- 9 full-color graphic organizers including Venn diagrams, bubble maps, and organizational tables. The first two organizers focus on just comparing and then just contrasting. This allows students to fully understand the concepts separately before putting them together.
- 2 black and white graphic organizers to copy for student use
- 8 story cards for individual or small group practice. Each card includes picture cards of the objects being compared. Students look at the pictures, read the passage, and complete a graphic organizer to compare and contrast the objects. This activity integrates well into writing. Students can use their completed graphic organizers as planning sheets for a compare and contrast writing piece.
Once students have a good understanding of compare and contrast, you can increase the rigor by having them pick two picture cards randomly and then compare them using their own knowledge or by doing research.
I like to use the color organizers to introduce and model how to compare and contrast. Then I put the story cards at a center with the student organizers so they can practice on their own.
The scaffolding this resource provides helps students of all levels succeed at comparing and contrasting.