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Compare and Contrast Lesson for Kindergarten

By Laurie Patsalides

Compare and contrast lesson plans are fun to teach kindergarten children. Watch as this teaching opens a young reader's mind toward a greater understanding of literature. After a few compare and contrast lessons such as this, Kindergarteners will learn to draw their own connections between books.

Knuffle Bunny and Corduroy

When doing a Kindergarten compare and contrast lesson plan, it is best to read one piece of literature several times before introducing the second piece of literature. In this way, Kindergarteners will not become confused between the two stories.

The two books that will be compared and contrasted are Knuffle Bunny, by Mo Williams and A Pocket for Corduroy by, Donald Freeman. These are both great pieces of literature for Kindergarten students.

Start by reading, A Pocket for Corduroy. Have a discussion with the class about the book. Talk about the character of Corduroy, the little girl, and the mother. Discuss personification and give examples from the story of how Corduroy was a teddy bear who took on human characteristics in the story. Students will love to learn the term personification, so be sure to define it and have them repeat it several times. After the next reading of the book, discuss the setting. Where does the story take place? After the third reading, discuss the problem in the story, and how it was resolved.

Next read the book, Knuffle Bunny. Again, have a discussion with the class about the story. Talk about Trixie, her parents, and Knuffle Bunny. In this story, Knuffle Bunny does not take on human characteristics. During the next reading, discuss the setting of this book. Again, after the third reading, discuss the problem in the story, and how it was resolved.

Create a Venn Diagram

To visually compare and contrast these books, complete a Venn diagram with the class about the two stories. On the left, print the title, A Pocket for Corduroy. On the right side, print the title, Knuffle Bunny and in the center, print the word, Both.Venn Diagram 

As both stories have been already discussed in depth, this part should be quite easy for them to do.

Begin with the characters. Have the students tell you how Corduroy and Knuffle Bunny are alike (they are both stuffed toys which belong to little girls). Discuss the adults and write how they are alike or different in the two stories.

Next, discuss settings. Where does each story take place?

Next, discuss the problem in the stories. What happens and how is it alike or different in both stories?

Last, discuss the solution in the stories. Do both of the stories end the same way or differently?

Assess

As an assessment of this compare and contrast lesson, give Kindergarteners their own Venn diagram to complete. They can draw pictures and label them. Verbally ask students to tell you how the stories were alike and different.