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Compare and Contrast (and a fun freebie!)

This past week, we worked on Compare and Contrast.  Thanks to Pinterest, I found this super cute Compare and Contrast anchor chart from Teaching in High Heel's blog.  She has some other great anchor charts posted there so make sure you check her out! *Ok for some reason, I can't get a link to work to her blog showing you the original chart.  Errrr.  But if you google her blog, it comes up right away.

I added a little more info to the anchor chart that I made.  Since my 3rd graders will be taking FCAT next month (oh my!), I want them to be exposed to the types of questions and words that will let them know that this is a comparing or contrasting question.  Here are the charts that I made for my classroom:

I also use this AMAZING, FREE resource to help plan my reading comprehension lessons: Read Works.  If you haven't checked out their site, you should go there NOW!  There are lesson plans for grades K-5 for a ton of different comprehension skills.  There are also comprehension passages that go along with the skill that you can download for free.  It's seriously amazing, and I use it almost every week.

Mrs. H's Resource Room posted this super cute poem for special ed teachers today.  I LOVED it.  I made it into a PDF file, so I could share with all my favorite ESE teachers (that's what we're called) at my school.  Click on the picture to download your FREE copy!

I've also been working on some more games for my students to play.  Click on the pictures to get more details about each game.

Forest Friends - A CVC Game
Monkeying Around - A Long E game (ee, ea, -ey, and -y patterns)

Shoot for the Moon - A Short U & Long U Game (CVCe and CVVC oo patterns)

If you're a special education teacher who blogs, make sure you check out this {post} to make sure your blog is listed.


  1. Wow. I'm your newest follower. Thank you for sharing the read works resource. It's always a pleasure to come across resources that are FREE!!! Super cute website too! Come visit my blog when you have a chance. Thanks!


    1. Thanks for for stopping by Sharima! I added your blog to my previous posting listing all the special ed blogs I know about.


  2. The poem looks great!!!


  3. The poem is hilarious! Thank you! In my grad class we have been writing and writing and writing IEPs and then we are done we write some more. I am sharing this with all of them!

    Mrs Poland
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

  4. :) My mom has taught Special Education for over 20 years and I have taught my share of special needs students...they always end up being my ABSOLUTE "favorite" (I know...we shouldn't say favorite...) students. BUT, I am NOT a fan of the IEP meetings, so I love the poem! Too cute!

    The Hands-On Teacher