1-2-3 Come Do Some Comparison-Contrast Writing With Me
Venn diagrams are a quick, easy and interesting way to introduce and practice comparison and contrast writing. I designed Venn Friends, as an especially fun way to do that. These are also a great way for you and your students to get to know each other better.
I've made Venn friend packets for almost every month, but hadn't gotten around to do one for November. Laurie, who's done several other packets with her kiddos, e-mailed me to ask if I was going to make one specifically for November. Of course, and another thing was added to my "to do" list.
I'm never one to procrastinate, so I got right down to business. Unlike the other monthly Venn Friends, I have more than one option for November. Students have 3 choices for their Venn friend topper: a turkey, a Pilgrim boy or girl, or a Native American boy or girl.
You can have a turkey find a turkey partner, a boy Pilgrim find a girl Pilgrim, or a boy Native American find a boy Pilgrim, mixing and matching however you or your students wish.
As a way to get to know each other, I've included a list of 40 questions that they can ask their partner.
From there, they choose what information they want to record on their Venn diagram.
Each student does their own "different" portion of the circle, and then, once they glue their circles together, they take turns recording the similarities that they have with their Venn friend, in the middle "same" section. (See completed sample.)
To make it easy for students to match up and glue their circles together, I've included both left and right circles.
I designed the Venn friends, specifically so students could get to know a classmate better, but you could certainly have students pretend to be "real" Pilgrims and Native American children, and then compare and contrast that way as well.
However, I do that sort of thing in the Thanksgiving Children's Packet with other Venn diagrams.
When everyone is done, have students come up with their partner to share their Venn Friend. This will give children some public speaking practice, as well as enable everyone to get to know each other a little better.
Completed projects, look awesome hanging in rows on a hallway wall. Click on the link to view/download the November Venn Friends packet. For more Venn diagram activities, click on the link to pop over to that section of my site.
Thanks for visiting. It's an overcast rainy November day; perfect for pouring over Pinterest boards, in search of some "pinspiration".
As if my pile of "make this" projects is not big enough! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE making homemade Christmas gifts though. Wishing you a snuggly day.
"Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action." ~W.J. Cameron
1-2-3 Come Do Some Gingerbread Activities With Me!
Gingerbread activites are like Pinterest; does anyone ever get enough? My daughter frequently asked me why I "reinvented the wheel" each month, spending hours creating new things, when I already had "a ton."
The easy answer was, I simply LOVE designing stuff! I'm always looking to improve, as well as keep things current, fresh and interesting. There must be quite a few teachers who feel the same, as I continue to get requests for "more-more-more" gingerbread goodies.
I hope you enjoy the newest FREEBIES on the blog today, plus a few old favorites that you might not have been aware of.
"I need a glyph!" is probably one of the most frequent e-mail requests that I get. The gingerbread glyph is very popular. Glyphs are a great way to get to know your kiddos, at the same time whole group assessing listening & following directions.
Because each one is so different, they make a cute December bulletin board. If you'd like to see my entire glyph collection, click on the link to zip on over to the Glyph Section of my site.
Many teachers are also in search of worksheets that help reinforce and review a variety of standards, so that they can use them for practice, whole-group assessing, games, something for "early finishers" to transition to, or homework.
With that in mind, I designed a variety of simple, quick and fun gingerbread-themed worksheets that I think your kiddo's will enjoy.
Plug a few into your Daily 5 activities or sub folder. Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Worksheet Packet.
One of the most popular stories read in December is The Gingerbread Man. I enjoy collecting various versions, with different endings. Introducing story elements by reading a favorite book, is a simple way to grab students' attention.
Give them a list of things you want them to listen for, then when they realize where the setting is, they shoot up their hand. When a new character is introduced, they do it again etc. This is fun for children and keeps them focussed.
You'll be able to cover quite a few Common Core Standards with The Gingerbread Literacy Packet. I've included picture cards, a graphic organizer, and a story slider "craftivity" to help students sequence and retell the story.
The slider is my personal favorite. I updated this old favorite. Adding "frosting" with puffy paint gives it an "awwww-dorable" finishing touch.
There are also pocket cards, 40 traceable word cards as well as a Venn diagram activity. Click on the link to view/download The Gingerbread Literacy Packet.
For more Gingerbread Venn diagrams, click on the link for some fun ways to compare and contrast a variety of things.
The Gingerbread Sentence pack is also great for reviewing the story, as well as practicing end punctuation and capitalization.
You can use the pocket chart cards for a whole group activity and correct the sentences together, or have students do the individual worksheet.
Click on the link to view/download the Gingerbread Punctuation Packet.
Finally, K-teacher Jill, from Georgia, asked if I had time to make some gingerbread activities that involved colors and color words. I hope you like them too. Click on the link to view download the Gingerbread Colors Packet.
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"Had I but a penny in the world, thou shouldst have it for gingerbread." -William Shakespeare.
Comparing Jellybeans With A Venn Diagram
If you’re looking for another jellybean activity, try this quick and easy candy Venn diagram.
I got the paper plate Venn diagram idea from Deanna Johnston at her cute “Primary Punch” blog and liked it so much I pinned it months ago.
Click on the link to zip on over to see her cute things.
I thought I’d try it out for a jellybean and conversational heart comparison - contrast, as I use candy a lot in the classroom, for all sorts of activities and math centers.
Candy is pretty unforgettable for children, so you’ll have no problem having them remember your past activities.
After I got it done, I was so pleased with the results, that I whipped a Venn diagram off for comparing the other candy, that I doled out during the other holidays: candy corn from October and peppermint candy canes in December.
This turned into a 15-page packet entitled Venn Candy! You can either use paper plates and have students cut and glue the clipart and headers, or use the normal Venn diagram templates.
I’ve made some for comparing each type of candy with each other as well as provided a blankVenn diagram template for you to dream up whatever else inspires you!
Click on the link to view/download Venn Candy. Enjoy. I hope your comparisons are simply delicious and your students oh so sweet!