Some of my first graders had a difficult time with the skill of comparing and contrasting. Sometimes I would be sure that a child knew the ways that two items were alike or different, but he would have a lot of trouble putting it into words. Since the skill is fundamental to progress in literacy, science, social studies, and math, and it's woven through the Common Core standards from kindergarten through fifth grade, I was very determined to give all of my students a strong foundation in both understanding and applying it. I mean, wouldn't any teacher be? But sometimes some very specific teaching is called for, and it's tough to get together the resources you need.
That's why I'm so excited to tell you about a new resource that I just completed! It's a series of 45 slides that use graphic organizers, class discussion, and partner talk to practice comparing and contrasting. These would be great to use on your SMARTboard, so you can complete them together as a class. You might want to do one slide a day, or maybe it would work better for you to block out more time once a week and do several. There are also 3 exercises to print and have your students complete independently as an assessment.
Where's the freebie? ... well, here it is! Click on the cover below to download your set of 6 slides from the set. I hope you'll find them useful!
Have a great week in school!