Here's the INB template I designed for this lesson. I would have students cut this out during morning announcements, then store it in the envelopes in the back of their notebooks until time for the writing lesson. Since this is a cross-curricular skill lesson, I would take time during both the writing block and social studies as needed to finish.
|Paleo vs. Archaic People Front Sample|
The copy I give to students would actually be blank where I currently have clipart showing people of the time. I want them to use their own illustrations, but this is an accommodation you could use for absent or struggling students. I designed this starting with a completely blank template I downloaded from Tangstar Science here.
|Paleo vs. Archaic People Blank Front|
I would have my own copy of the blank template projected on the Interactive Whiteboard, so that we could complete this as a class. This is what the inside would look like.
|Paleo Vs. Archaic People Blank Inside|
|PBS Atlatl Video|
By the time we finished filling out our chart, I would expect it to look something like this:
|Paleo Vs. Archaic People Sample Inside|
Next, I would project this blank anchor chart, which I would fill in front student suggestions, while students worked on their own copies.
|Blank Compare Contrast Anchor Chart|
Once the anchor chart and Paleo vs. Archaic People foldable graphic organizer were complete, we could proceed to the compare/contrast summary paragraphs. Of course, your own curriculum probably differs from mine, but here is a sample of what I would be working on with my students.
|Compare/Contrast Paleo vs. Archaic People|
I love typing this sort of thing on the computer while students watch, because it shows the ease of editing from a computer program. Fourth graders need encouragement to type on the computer, and this is one way I try to encourage them. I also think it's a good idea to go back as a class and highlight the comparison/contrast transition words. It's an effective way to remind students to look for these words in their own writing later.
|Completed Sample with Highlighted |
Compare/Contrast Transition words
As a quick response, I would ask students to compare and contrast two items of their own, such as two types of animals, or two sports teams, and write a brief paragraph about it in their journals.
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