Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thoughtful Classroom Compare & Contrast- TellPic App

This year, our school district's professional development training has been learning tools and strategies from The Thoughtful Classroom. If your school uses this PD, I would love to learn from you! What tools and strategies do you like best? 

I enjoyed using the Compare & Contrast Portfolio. Compare & Contrast is a strategy unique in its capacity to build students' memories, eliminate confusions and highlight critical similarities and differences. 

Here are a few of the graphic organizers that I use with my students. 

Click to download Smart Board Notebook file.

Click to download PDF black and white copies.

The 4 Phases of Successful Comparison are: 
Describe: Describe each item separately using criteria to keep yourself focused. 
Compare: Use visual organizers to record the similarities and differences you discover.
Conclude: Discuss what you have learned from your comparison.
Apply: Show how you can use what you learned. 

After comparing and contrasting many Anansi stories and completing the DCC steps, students made WANTED POSTERS as an activity for the "application" step!  We used TellPic app to record our Wanted Ads to share on our website. 



1 comment:

  1. I love your blog. It is so cute and I love the smartboard ideas. I will check out all your blogs after my colonoscopy tomorrow. UUUGGGHHH.


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