Lesson Plan : Compare and Contrast

Teacher Name:
 Jeremie Burdick
Grade:
 Grade 2
Subject:
 Language Arts

Topic:
 The Big Dipper * Listen to this read aloud and compare and contrast
Content:
 Compare Contrast same (alike) different Venn Diagram Big Dipper star compass
Goals:
 * Students will understand that a Venn Diagram is used to compare and contrast two things. * Students will understand that to compare two things as a means to tell how they are alike. * Students will understand that to contrast two things means to tell how they are different.
Objectives:
 * Students will listen to The Bigger Dipper story and be able to identify similarities and differences between the North Star and the Big Dipper, Big Dipper and water dipper, and the Big Dipper and Little Dipper. * Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast two objects.
Materials:
 Two hula hoops string (to hold up hula hoops) magnets various objects for students to compare and contrast brown lunch bag Venn Diagram worksheet The Bigger Dipper book by Franklyn M. Branley; Illustrated by Molly Coxe
Introduction:
 * Ask students what they see on the cover of the book. What do you think this story is about by looking at the cover? * Guide short discussion related to cover and then tell students that they will learn about the night sky. Explain that today they will compare and contrast two things that are the same and different at the same them.
Development:
 Teacher will use hula hoop Venn Diagram activity to help students understand how a Venn Diagram works. The Big Dipper story will be used as main source of discussion. Teacher will explain the definitions of "compare" and "contrast." Teacher will then elicit student ideas on both and model where the ideas fit into the Venn Diagram.
Practice:
 Students will work in pairs (that are prearranged based on flexible pairs). They will get a bag with two objects which they will then have to compare and contrast using the Venn Diagram. Teacher will facilitate paired interactions.
Accommodations:
 Differentiation will occur in the complexity of the objects. The more complex the objects the more the student will have on their Venn Diagram.
Checking For Understanding:
 Each pair will do a 1 minute share with the class using the vocabulary relating to comparing and contrasting.
Closure:
 Teacher will ask students to quickly come up with a short list of things they learned today. Responses may include and are not limited to vocabulary terms, paired work, Venn Diagram activity.
Evaluation:
 * Observations of student responses to both whole group and paired discussions. * Student interaction during paired activity. * Student completion of worksheet. Students who can list at least 3 or more things on each item in the Venn Diagram will show success.

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