When teaching students how to compare and contrast, teachers often get stuck using the Venn Diagram. While there is nothing wrong with this, there are many other ways to have students practice comparing and contrasting, however!
Comparing and contrasting is an important skill for 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade students. It requires higher level thinking.
Below you will find a huge variety of activities to help you practice this skill with your students in a new and more rigorous way.
This free cut and paste activity has students read two texts on the same topic, and then compare and contrast the two.
The compare and contrast links above provide free ideas, activities, and printables you can use when teaching text features to your elementary students. The activities included will work best for 3rd grade and 4th grade, although many of these ideas could be adapted to reach younger or older students.
The comparing and contrasting activities above address the following Common Core Standards:
Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story (e.g., Cinderella stories) by different authors or from different cultures.
Compare and contrast the most important points presented by two texts on the same topic.
Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., in books from a series)
Compare and contrast the most important points and key details presented in two texts on the same topic.
Compare and contrast the treatment of similar themes and topics (e.g., opposition of good and evil) and patterns of events (e.g., the quest) in stories, myths, and traditional literature from different cultures.
Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.
Compare and contrast stories in the same genre (e.g., mysteries and adventure stories) on their approaches to similar themes and topics.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
Many of the activities mentioned above are available at my Teachers Pay Teachers Store. If you like the activities but don’t want all the prep, check out my Compare and Contrast Activities Bundle. It includes reading passages, graphic organizers, poems, cut and paste activities, and more!