I have a new favorite book---Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis.
It's really wonderful as a springboard to teach comparing and contrasting.
Here's Amazon's words: "A puffin is an amazing creature. It's completely unique and one-of-akind. A ladder is nothing like a puffin. A house is nothing like a puffin. A newspaper is nothing like a puffin. . . . But wait! Who would have guessed? Could these things be more alike than you think? Young children will love following this mischievous puffin in an entertaining exercise in creative classification-- and are guaranteed to start looking at everyday things in a whole new way." (Amazon.com)
I found my book at the public library, and have used it several times with my kids. They love it. It's not too high for my significantly language impaired first graders in regular education, and over time, I can see them improving in their abilities to tell me how two items are the same and how they are different.
To assist in teaching comparing and contrasting, along with some literacy skills, I've created a literacy/activity packet to go with "Nothing Like a Puffin".
This is nice for integrating literacy into the language tasks of comparing and contrasting.The actual book, "Nothing Like a Puffin" is not included with this packet. You will been to obtain this on your own. It's available at Amazon, Discovery Toys, and possibly your local library.
• 5 pages of visuals, Venn diagrams, and instructions to go with “Nothing Like a Puffin” (page 3-7)
•Printable interactive book “The Very Hungry Pufflings” written by Ruth Morgan (pages 8-19).
•Sequencing worksheet for “The Very Hungry Pufflings” (page 20)
•3 pages of questions with visual multiple choice questions to go along with “The Very Hungry Pufflings”(21-23)
•9 page printable book to use during therapy “Let’s Compare and Contrast” (pages 24-32)
•“The Same and Different Game”—game board, 18 picture pairs to compare and contrast, one data sheet (page 34--38)
I realize most of you are headed into summer break. Keep this in mind for the fall!