Compare and Contrast

I Can Statements:

  1. I tell what is the same and different about the actions of characters.
  2. I can tell the difference between the different kinds of fiction I read.
  3. I can tell who the author and illustrator are in stories and what their jobs are.

(Check out The Curriculum Corner for I Can Statement posters)

The Process:

Students use the tool Educreations, Explain Everything, or Tell About This to create comparisons between two books by the same author. Have students work in teams.   To compare the two stories and the characters, how are the books different or the same?  What are things that are different or the same about the characters?   Depending on the tool you are using, you can either have students create comparisons by drawing a Venn Diagram using the tool or simply have students draw and picture and use Tell About This to have students narrate their diagram.  Have students describe why they like or dislike each book and identify the author and narrator.  

If your using a computer you can use Aww to have students draw out their ideas and then use a screencasting program like Screencast O'matic to record student narration.  Screencastomatic will allow you to save a file on your computer.

Ideas for Implementation

The complexity of this project is all up to you.  I know that every classroom is different and every student is in a different place in their development.  For this project it might be helpful to model for students what you would like them to do or possibly have a parent volunteer help with this project. I truly think that this project could be done as one of the centers students can rotate through, and might be better than trying to do this project with a large group.  As I was writing this lesson I thought it might also be helpful if students could plan out what they wanted to say.  This Pinterest board has some ideas for how you might have students work together to first think through their ideas.

Collecting and Sharing Students Work

For this project embedding student work on your classroom website using the Educreations link or even uploading a MV4 file from Things to Talk About , Explain Everything and Screencast O'matic. If you are a Google Apps School, you can have students upload their work to a folder in Google Drive (for Kindergarten you may want to have a folder put on student devices so you don't have to worry about any extra logins). Having students email their work to an Evernote address might also be helpful, here is a great site to learn more about using Evernote with students.

Another option is adding a script to Google Drive allowing students to drop work into a "dropbox" please see the following blog post for more information:

Receive Files in Google Drive


Lesson Standards for Common Core


With prompting and support, name the author and illustrator of a story and define the role of each in telling the story.

With prompting and support, describe the relationship between illustrations and the story in which they appear (e.g., what moment in a story an illustration depicts).

With prompting and support, compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in familiar stories.