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postheadericon Comparing and Contrasting: Stellaluna


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One of my most favorite books to read to my students is Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. This year, in third grade, I incorporated this read aloud into a compare and contrast writing activity. 

 

 

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After I read the book to my students, I used this graphic organizer to brainstorm facts about bats and birds. I modeled this using my Doc Cam. When we were done, this is what our graphic organizer looked like:

 

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To download this PDF, click on the image below:

 

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Next, I used this paper to model how to write a compare and contrast paragraph. My students were familiar with the term "compare and contrast," but they weren't sure how to put their thoughts into sentences and the sentences into paragraphs. To model how to write a compare and contrast essay, I created this graphic organizer for my students to organize their facts and create their paragraphs. 

This is an example of what it looked like when we were done. 

 

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To download this PDF, click on the image below:

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I had the students work in pairs to create their paragraphs. Once they were done, they then wrote their compare and contrast paragraphs on this "Bats and Birds" paper. They did a great job! Overall, I was pleased with their writing and my students enjoyed the writing process. 

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