With every passing night that I read this to my toddlers, I knew I wanted to use it in a compare and contrast lesson with big kids. This book is sure to please even the older crowd because of its antics, and I just LOVE incorporating picture books into lessons.
The book would be perfect for an introduction to the concept of comparing and contrasting using similarities and differences. Even though it only asks for how the two items are alike, you can challenge students to think of differences too before you turn the page and get to the funny similarity. Here is an anchor chart example to use with the book:
After going through the first six pages together, I made a worksheet for the students to finish out the book with less guidance. Continue reading the book, but before you reveal the funny similarity, have students brainstorm similarities and differences on their own or in their small groups. Since they know to expect that funny on the next page, there is a spot on the sheet for them to come up when their own "they both don't..."
After the book, consider doing a journal entry with students in their reading notebooks! Here is an example of mine. The pool and beach comparisons would lend themselves well to learning to write a compare and contrast paragraph as well.
Finally, differentiated task cards are a perfect way to transition into comparing and contrasting from longer reading passages. These differentiated compare and contrast task cards are available in my Teachers Pay Teachers store. Here's a suggestion on how to use them!
The fourth card has students list similarities and differences between two things or items (a pencil and a marker) before finally reading a short passage and answering questions on the last type of card. This is a great way to differentiate or scaffold student learning!
Here is a picture of the set up before students work on it. Each group (there are enough cards for 4 or 5 groups to all have different cards if you want them to) progresses through the 5 task cards on chart paper. You could have them walk around and read each other's when they are done, too.
Of course this is just the tip of the ice berg of teaching this skill. Your next step is comparing and contrasting two books, including the settings, characters, ideas, changes, etc. These activities will get you will on your way to that!
What ideas do you have for teaching students to compare and contrast? Any favorite books? Please share them in the comments!