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Comprehension Skill: COMPARE and CONTRAST


Whenever I model a new skill, I like to connect it to something the children know quite well.  The tale of Little Red Riding Hood is known by most youngsters. Before reading Lon Po Po by Ed Young, I have the children briefly retell the main events of what happens in Little Red Riding Hood. With that in mind, I ask the children to look for ways today’s story is similar as well as how it is different.

For the first reading, we read the story all the way through. During the second read, we stop and identify the differences. This is a good time to record the children’s ideas on chart paper or on a graphic organizer. Finally, we identify similarities between the two versions of the tale.

Here are some more variations of popular fairy tales that can be used for additional practice of comparing and contrasting.

Cinderella from Mexico

A Cinderella story from Mexico was retold by Tomie dePaola titled Adelita.


true story of 3 Little Pigs Jon Scieszka retells the story of The Three Little Pigs through the wolf’s point of view. The True Story of the Three Little Pigs! is a favorite of ours.


the-wolf-who-cried-boy cover

This version of The Boy Who Cried Wolf has the main character a young wolf who is craving a boy for dinner. It is another enjoyable tale that makes learning how to compare and contrast interesting and memorable.

Welcome! I'm Alison Monk, a primary teacher with a passion for creating educational materials that engage kids and teachers love! I hope this blog encourages and inspires you. I'm so glad you are here! Read More

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