Last week I mentioned that I'd be comparing and contrasting the books Good Night Goon and Good Night iPad with my 1st graders and I had to write a quick post today because my little friends loved it! This was a perfect "the day before Halloween" activity, but could easily be done anytime.
I used my Compare & Contrast poster to model again what it means to compare and contrast. Then I told my little friends to pay close attention to the stories for similarities and differences and read them both the stories right in a row. Before completing the Compare & Contrast graphic organizer, we talked about the two stories. They did such a good job retelling the stories to me and they all quickly came up with similarities and differences. I had them complete the "same" category first because I think it's easier for them to establish similarities with books like these that obviously go together.
I use traditional looking venn diagrams in my classroom too, but I generally switch back and forth between the traditional venn diagram and this version because sometimes I find it easier for my students to write in the format above/below. They still get the same overall concept of comparing and contrasting just in a slightly different format. I always like to add a little variety to what we do on a regular basis! (You can check out more about this pack here.)
I was super impressed with one of my little 1st grade friends who came up with a similarity of 'they both rhyme.' This was huge to me because that meant he was really paying attention to the patterns of the text- Woohoo! :)
Have a great day!