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Compare

and Contrast
The Gingerbread Man
vs.
The Runaway Tortilla

Day 1
Objective
Assessment
Materials

Activity/ Time
Daily Language
Review

Mountain
Language Review

Introduction

Modeling/ Activity

5.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of


nonfiction texts: j) Identify, compare, and contrast relationships.
Students will demonstrate what it means to compare and contrast.
The Three Little Tortillas
The Gingerbread Man
Chart Paper/Markers
Post-It Notes

Description
1. Distribute worksheet or have students take out
their reading folder for their Daily Language
Review. Students will complete matching day
assignment under teachers guidance. Monitor
and assist students as needed. Check as a
group.
2. Project Mountain Language onto the board for
students to complete. Cores 1 and 2 will do
the fifth grade Mountain Language. Cores 3
and 4 will do the sixth grade Mountain
Language. Students will work on 4-5 problems
daily with teacher assistance.
1. Review compare and contrast with students.
Remind students of definitions of what it
means to compare and contrast. Comparison
and contrasting are ways of looking at objects
and thinking about how they are alike and
different.
2. Review the parts and the use of a Venn
Diagram.
3. Remind students of comparing and contrasting
vocabulary: same, different, similar, both, one
hasbut the other hasetc.
1. Show students the large Venn Diagram drawn
on the board. Inform students that we will be
reading two storiesone they may have heard
before and one they may not. As we read the
stories, we will think of things that are similar

Comments/
Differentiation
Do not collect this paper.
Students are to place this
into their reading folders for
the next day.

Core 1 and 2 will be required


to write words.
Core 3 and 4 will be required
to write in complete

Closure

and things that are different.


2. Provide students with two-three sticky notes
each. As they listen to the story, require
students to write events/characters/settings or
anything else they learn during the book.
3. Read The Gingerbread Man
4. After the book is finished, review what the
students have written on their sticky note. On
the side, write the main things that have been
discussed.
1. Introduce tomorrows book, The Runaway
Tortilla. Allow students to talk with a partner
and discuss how they think this book will be
similar or different.

sentences.

Day 2
Objective
Assessment
Materials

Activity/ Time
Daily Language
Review

Mountain
Language Review

Introduction

Modeling/ Activity

5.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of


nonfiction texts: j) Identify, compare, and contrast relationships.
Students will demonstrate what it means to compare and contrast.
The Three Little Tortillas
The Gingerbread Man
Chart Paper/Markers
Post-It Notes

Description
3. Distribute worksheet or have students take out
their reading folder for their Daily Language
Review. Students will complete matching day
assignment under teachers guidance. Monitor
and assist students as needed. Check as a
group.
4. Project Mountain Language onto the board for
students to complete. Cores 1 and 2 will do
the fifth grade Mountain Language. Cores 3
and 4 will do the sixth grade Mountain
Language. Students will work on 4-5 problems
daily with teacher assistance.
4. Review compare and contrast with students.
Remind students of definitions of what it
means to compare and contrast. Comparison
and contrasting are ways of looking at objects
and thinking about how they are alike and
different.
5. Review the parts and the use of a Venn
Diagram and what they added yesterday about
The Gingerbread Man
6. Remind students of comparing and contrasting
vocabulary: same, different, similar, both, one
hasbut the other hasetc.
5. Show students the large Venn Diagram drawn
on the board. Inform students that we will be
reading two storiesone they may have heard
before and one they may not. As we read the
stories, we will think of things that are similar

Comments/
Differentiation
Do not collect this paper.
Students are to place this
into their reading folders for
the next day.

Core 1 and 2 will be required


to write words.
Core 3 and 4 will be required
to write in complete

Closure

and things that are different.


sentences.
6. Provide students with two-three sticky notes
each. As they listen to the story, require
students to write events/characters/settings or
anything else they learn during the book.
7. Read The Runaway Tortilla
8. After the book is finished, review what the
students have written on their sticky note. On
the side, write the main things that have been
discussed.
2. After reviewing the sticky notes for both sides
of the Venn Diagram, have students write ONE
similarity between the two stories.

Day 3
5.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of
nonfiction texts: j) Identify, compare, and contrast relationships.

Objective
Assessment
Materials

Activity/ Time
Daily Language
Review

Mountain Language
Review

Introduction

Modeling/ Activity

Students will demonstrate what it means to compare and contrast.


The Three Little Tortillas
The Gingerbread Man
Prompt Worksheet

Description
5. Distribute worksheet or have students take out their
reading folder for their Daily Language Review.
Students will complete matching day assignment
under teachers guidance. Monitor and assist
students as needed. Check as a group.
6. Project Mountain Language onto the board for
students to complete. Cores 1 and 2 will do the fifth
grade Mountain Language. Cores 3 and 4 will do the
sixth grade Mountain Language. Students will work
on 4-5 problems daily with teacher assistance.
7. Review compare and contrast with students. Remind
students of definitions of what it means to compare
and contrast. Comparison and contrasting are ways
of looking at objects and thinking about how they are
alike and different.
8. Review the parts and the use of a Venn Diagram and
what students have placed in the graphic Organizer
9. Remind students of comparing and contrasting
vocabulary: same, different, similar, both, one
hasbut the other hasetc.
9. Inform students that they will be writing an essay
comparing and contrasting the two stories.
10. Provide students with 4-square writing
prompt/organizer. Using the information that fills the
Venn Diagram, have students complete their graphic
organizer.
11. Model writing prompt worksheet for students.
12. After this is complete, students will begin writing their

Comments/
Differentiation
Do not collect this
paper. Students
are to place this
into their reading
folders for the next
day.

first draft of the paper


Closure

1. Students will work on their rough draft for homework.

Day 4
5.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of
nonfiction texts: j) Identify, compare, and contrast relationships.

Objective
Assessment
Materials

Activity/ Time
Daily Language
Review

Mountain Language
Review

Introduction

Modeling/ Activity

Closure

Students will demonstrate what it means to compare and contrast.


The Three Little Tortillas
The Gingerbread Man
Prompt Worksheet

Description
7. Distribute worksheet or have students take out their
reading folder for their Daily Language Review.
Students will complete matching day assignment
under teachers guidance. Monitor and assist
students as needed. Check as a group.
8. Project Mountain Language onto the board for
students to complete. Cores 1 and 2 will do the fifth
grade Mountain Language. Cores 3 and 4 will do the
sixth grade Mountain Language. Students will work
on 4-5 problems daily with teacher assistance.
10. Review compare and contrast with students. Remind
students of definitions of what it means to compare
and contrast. Comparison and contrasting are ways
of looking at objects and thinking about how they are
alike and different.
11. Review prompt worksheet with students.
12. Remind students of comparing and contrasting
vocabulary: same, different, similar, both, one
hasbut the other hasetc.
13. Students will use the first 10 minutes to finish their
rough draft.
14. After finishing, have students edit using editing
guidelines and rubric.
2. Students will complete finial copy for homework.

Comments/
Differentiation
Do not collect this
paper. Students
are to place this
into their reading
folders for the next
day.

Day 5
5.6 The student will read and demonstrate comprehension of
nonfiction texts: j) Identify, compare, and contrast relationships.

Objective
Assessment
Materials

Activity/ Time
Daily Language
Review

Mountain Language
Review

Introduction

Modeling/ Activity

Closure

Students will demonstrate what it means to compare and contrast.


Paper Plates
Gingerbread Cutout
Construction Paper
Glue/Scissors

Description
9. Distribute worksheet or have students take out their
reading folder for their Daily Language Review.
Students will complete matching day assignment
under teachers guidance. Monitor and assist
students as needed. Check as a group.
10. Project Mountain Language onto the board for
students to complete. Cores 1 and 2 will do the fifth
grade Mountain Language. Cores 3 and 4 will do the
sixth grade Mountain Language. Students will work
on 4-5 problems daily with teacher assistance.
13. Review compare and contrast with students. Remind
students of definitions of what it means to compare
and contrast. Comparison and contrasting are ways
of looking at objects and thinking about how they are
alike and different.
14. Review prompt worksheet with students.
15. Remind students of comparing and contrasting
vocabulary: same, different, similar, both, one
hasbut the other hasetc.
15. Introduce Bi-Fold craft to students. Hand gingerbread
man to cut out and color and paper plate to create a
tortilla.
16. Students will paste all item in foldable
17. Give students the opportunity to finish any unfinished
parts. If students finish early, have them write the
Titles of each book and illustrate one difference.
3. Allow students to share their papers and final
projects.

Comments/
Differentiation
Do not collect this
paper. Students
are to place this
into their reading
folders for the next
day.

Introduction:

Differences:

Similarities:

Compare and contrast The Gingerbread Man


and The Runaway Tortilla.

Conclusion:

Student name: __________________________________________ Date: ______________________

Venn Diagram Rubric


Objects being compared in the Venn diagram:
______________________________ and ______________________________
Strong Grasp

Progressing

Not in Evidence

Text support
of comparison
statements

All statements are


supported by the
text.

Most statements
are supported by
the text.

Few or none of
the statements are
supported by the
text.

Placement of
statements within
the Venn diagram

All statements
noting similarities
are placed in the
center circle and
all statements that
note differences
are placed in the
correct outer circle.

Most statements
are placed in the
correct circle, but
student mixed up a
few statements.

Few statements
are placed in the
correct circle.

Number of quality
statements

Student is able
to make five or
more comparison
statements in each
circle.

Student is able
to make 34
comparison
statements in each
circle.

Student makes
two or fewer
comparison
statements in each
circle.

Comments:

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