Compare and contrast in texts involves taking two or more subjects and analyzing the differences and similarities between them. Students start to learn about compare and contrast in grade 1 and then revisit the topic in more complex ways in most elementary grades.
By learning to compare and contrast, students:
- improve their reading comprehension in highlighting important details,
- make abstract ideas more concrete,
- reduce the confusion between related concepts.
To support student’s learning of compare and contrast we’ve created worksheets for grade 1, 3, 4, and 5 students in our reading worksheets section.
Compare and contrast for grade 1 students
Grade 1 students are presented with a text and are asked to decide if statements are alike or different in these worksheets.
Grade 3 student worksheets on compare and contrast
In these worksheets, students read a short text followed by questions asking them to identify what characters have in common and ways in which they are different.
Compare and contrast practice in grade 4
Students are given two short stories and asked how the texts are alike and how they differ.
Grade 5 students work on compare and contrast questions
Students in grade 5 read two texts and answer questions about how details from the texts are similar or different.