2 free reading passages and comprehension activities for teaching about Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison

A Free Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Edison Printable Activity

Looking for some free reading comprehension practice for your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade students?  Or are you wanting to introduce your students to Benjamin Franklin or Thomas Edison?  Or perhaps you want some paired passages to help students analyze two similar texts.  This free pdf can help with all of those things. Free Reading Passages for Two Famous Inventors …

Free compare and contrast activity (pdf) for 3rd and 4th grade students

A Free Compare and Contrast Printable

No matter how often you teach comparing and contrasting to your 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students, they can always benefit from more practice. This skill is one of 9 instructional strategies that research has shown is “most likely to improve student achievement across all content areas and across all grade levels.”  So of course, we want to give our …

Different ideas for comparing and contrasting in the upper elementary (3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade classroom)

9 Comparing and Contrasting Ideas for the Classroom

Ever get bored of filling out Venn Diagrams? Or are your students struggling with comparing and contrasting and you are looking to try something new? Here are 9 different ways to practice comparing and contrasting with your 3rd grade, 4th grade, or 5th grade class. Only one of them includes a Venn Diagram! Different Ways to Compare and Contrast 1. …

A Better Way to Use Venn Diagrams When Comparing and Contrasting

Venn Diagrams are a tool commonly used in 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th grade classrooms to teach students how to compare and contrast.  And while Venn Diagrams can be useful, they can also be used in a way that promotes lower level thinking instead of higher level thinking.   Usually, teachers give students completely blank Venn Diagrams.  At first glance, …

Compare and Contrast a Movie With The Book - ideas for your upper elementary classroom to make this activity more meaningful

Compare and Contrast A Book and Movie Activities

My first year teaching – when I was constantly running on empty – I slipped several movie watching afternoons into my lesson plans. I defended this as educational, claiming that we were going to compare and contrast the book and movie. Now, we did actually spend some time comparing and contrasting the book with the movie, but this was still …