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Activities for Identifying Similarities and Differences
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This article discusses the four forms of identifying similarities and differences: comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies and how these strategies can be used in an elementary classroom.

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Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
03/01/2008
Comparing/Contrasting Characters ("A Taste of Blackberries")
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This lesson is designed to use with Chapter 1 of the novel "A Taste of Blackberries". Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two main characters and then relate the material to their own lives.

Subject:
Arts and Humanities
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Denise Caudle
Date Added:
06/25/1999
Comparison/Contrast Essay
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Watch a video that explains how to write a comparison/contrast essay. Print a document to accompany the video for more practice. Comparison/contrast essays help you learn really efficiently, because they present information in a way our brains like. When we see something new, we want to know how it's similar to something we already know about, and how it's different, too. Let's say that you need to buy a car. When you look at the different models, you'll compare what's similar and different between the models. When a cell phone manufacturer comes up with a new model, they tell you what great features the phone has that people have liked before (the similarities) and what fantastic new features it has that help it stand out (the differences).

Subject:
Composition and Rhetoric
Material Type:
Homework/Assignment
Lecture
Provider:
Love Your Pencil
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Individual Authors
Date Added:
05/16/2013
Families - Then and Now
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Students apply their knowledge of communities as they compare and contrast the home life described in "Sarah Plain and Tall" to the home life described in "Because of Winn-Dixie".

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Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Debbie Fox
Sherri Hendrix
Date Added:
11/03/2001
Hands-On Science and Literacy Lessons About Weather and Climate
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This article provides links to standards-based science and literacy lessons about weather, climate, polar climates, and climate change.

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Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Heat Flow and Diagrams Lab
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Students' eyes are opened to the value of creative, expressive and succinct visual presentation of data, findings and concepts. Student pairs design, redesign and perform simple experiments to test the differences in thermal conductivity (heat flow) through different media (foil and thin steel). Then students create visual diagrams of their findings that can be understood by anyone with little background on the subject, applying their newly learned art vocabulary and concepts to clearly communicate their results. The principles of visual design include contrast, alignment, repetition and proximity; the elements of visual design include an awareness of the use of lines, color, texture, shape, size, value and space. If students already have data available from other experiments, have them jump right into the diagram creation and critique portions of the activity.

Subject:
Engineering
Communication
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrew Carnes
Baratunde Cola
Jamila Cola
Satish Kumar
Date Added:
10/14/2015
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I Like, I Love...- Spanish, Novice High
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In this activity, students will share their preferences based on likes and dislikes. Students will discuss their preferences on multiple different topics to include activities, food, clothing, items, etc, using complete sentences.

Subject:
Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Camille Daw
Mimi Fahnstrom
Date Added:
11/12/2019
Me Gusta, Me Encanta.../I Like, I Love...- Spanish, Novice High
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In this activity, students will share their preferences based on likes and dislikes. Students will discuss their preferences on multiple different topics to include activities, food, clothing, items, etc, using complete sentences.

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Languages
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Author:
Amber Hoye
Madi Goertzen
Gabby Bates
Alexis Araiza
Abby Cain
Claire Werlin
Alejandra Garcia
Sue Juarez
Mardy Morales
Borja Aguilera
Camille Daw
Mimi Fahnstrom
Date Added:
10/07/2019
North Carolina Place Names
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This lesson contrasts and compares the names Native peoples of North Carolina gave to places with the names given by later settlers. This unit is based on Lesson 4.7 in "Intrigue of the Past: North Carolina's First Peoples", which is part of a national curriculum-development program called "Project Archaeology."

Subject:
Archaeology
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
UNC Archaeology
Date Added:
06/25/1999
Science and Literacy Lessons to Develop a Polar Sense of Place
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This article provides geography lessons to teach elementary students about the polar regions. Literacy extensions are included for each lesson.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
Provider Set:
Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Educator
Date Added:
10/17/2014
A Sense of Place: Virtual Bookshelf
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This article provides a list of children's literature relating to the geography and characteristics of the Arctic and Antarctica.

Subject:
Environmental Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
Ohio State University College of Education and Human Ecology
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Beyond Penguins and Polar Bears: An Online Magazine for K-5 Teachers
Author:
Jessica Fries-Gaither
Kimberly Lightle
Nancy Brannon
Date Added:
10/17/2014
Teaching Point of View
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Students will learn point of view by comparing and contrasting the views of slaves and a doctor in The People Could Fly retold by Virginia Hamilton and The Passing Cloud -- The Southern Negro by David Morrill. I strongly suggest the teacher previews The Passing Cloud -- The Southern Negro by David Morrill. The entire text is not needed in order for students to form an opinion or to learn point of view. Some students and parents may find the language offensive. I found the text interesting because it allows students to actually read the historical views of some people who lived in the area during the 1800's and early 1900's.

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education
Provider Set:
LEARN NC Lesson Plans
Author:
Angela Strother
Date Added:
05/22/2004
Visual Art and Writing in Science and Engineering
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Students learn the value of writing and art in science and engineering. They acquire vocabulary that is appropriate for explaining visual art and learn about visual design principles (contrast, alignment, repetition and proximity) and elements (lines, color, texture, shape, size, value and space) that are helpful when making visual aids. A PowerPoint(TM) presentation heightens students' awareness of the connection between art and engineering in order to improve the presentation of results, findings, concepts, information and prototype designs. Students also learn about the science and engineering research funding process that relies on effective proposal presentations, as well as some thermal conductivity / heat flow basics including the real-world example of a heat sink which prepares them for the associated activity in which they focus on creating diagrams to communicate their own collected experimental data.

Subject:
Engineering
English Language Arts
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Andrew Carnes
Baratunde Cola
Jamila Cola
Satish Kumar
Date Added:
10/14/2015