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Activity Overview


Pickles the cat changes a lot throughout the story. In this activity, students work to identify how he changes from the beginning of the story to the end. Students can work individually or in pairs to research and compile a list of evidence. Students will describe the traits they compiled about Pickles in the beginning on one side, and the traits they discovered that have changed in the end on the other. The traits that remain the same throughout the story will go in the middle.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 2-3

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual or Partner

Type of Activity: Compare and Contrast with T-Charts

Common Core Standards
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/1/3] Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/1/9] Compare and contrast the adventures and experiences of characters in stories.
  • [ELA-Literacy/RL/2/6] Acknowledge differences in the points of view of characters, including by speaking in a different voice for each character when reading dialogue aloud.


Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a storyboard comparing and contrasting the development of Pickles in The Fire Cat.


  1. Use the template provided by your teacher.
  2. Describe Pickles in the beginning of the story in the first cell and illustrate him then.
  3. Describe Pickles at the end of the story in the third cell and illustrate him.
  4. List things that remained the same in the middle cell.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


Rubric

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Compare and Contrast
Create a storyboard that finds the similarities and differences between two things.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
Similarities
Student identifies and explains many of the similarities between the two.
Student identifies and explains some of the similarities between the two.
Student identifies and explains few of the similarities between the two.
Differences
Student identifies and explains many of the differences between the two.
Student identifies and explains some of the differences between the two.
Student identifies and explains few of the differences between the two.
Images
Images are clear and creative.
Most images are easy to understand, but at least two images do not fit.
Images are not easy to understand.
Spelling and Grammar
Student makes few errors.
Student makes two or three errors in spelling and grammar.
Student makes multiple errors in spelling and grammar.




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