Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Abuelo and the Three Bears Day 2 of 2 - Section 4: Comparing and Contrasting a Key Detail with a Venn Diagram


Today, I asked the students to choose one key detail of each story to compare and contrast it. I talked with my students about comparing and contrasting more than physical traits. Some of them did okay, but I felt the students could do better. Thus, I asked the students to redo their comparing and contrasting for homework. This improved their work and went deeper into comparing and contrasting the actions of the characters.

In the the bears, I was happy the students contrasted how the bears in Abuelo lived in a regular house while the Three Bears lived in a cabin in the woods. That is a very important fact.

Also, I liked how this student contrasting the bears stated how the bears reacted in Abuelo upon finding Trencitas and how the bears reacted in finding Goldilocks. One group of bears laughed because they knew Trencitas as their friend, and naturally the other group of bears were very surprised to find a stranger sleeping on Little Bear's bed.

Sometimes it pays to have them redo their work.

I am also thinking that, given the comparison and contrast came towards the latter part of the lesson, they could have been tired and would benefit from spending more time on the compare and contrast and less time on Socratic Seminar or the text dependent questions. It is something I need to keep in mind. Tailoring a lesson to spend more time on comparing and contrasting, I would need to spend time modeling comparing and contrasting traits that go beyond the physical.

  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Comparing and Contrasting
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Abuelo and the Three Bears Day 2 of 2

Unit 17: Folktales
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT compare and contrast key details between two versions of The Three Bears.

Big Idea: Trencitas (Golilocks) is still found in Osito's (Little Bear's) bed and instead of jumping out the window, she gets walked home by the all three bears. Come find out how this version is alike and different from the original.

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