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Lesson Title:

Similarities and Differences

Grade Level:

Grade One Lesson 5

Unit of Study:

A Child’s Place in Time and Space

History-Social Science Standard:

1.4.3 Recognize similarities and differences of earlier generations in such areas as work (inside and outside the home), dress, manners, stories, games, and festivals, drawing from biographies, oral histories, and folklore.

Correlation to K-8 California Adopted Textbooks:

Harcourt Brace. A Child’s Place. Unit 1: School Days. Lesson 4. Unit 2: At Home with My Family. Lesson 4. Unit 5: My Country, My Heroes. Introduction

McGraw-Hill: My World. Unit 5: It Happened in America.
Setting the Context:

When looking at the life of a person who lived before you, you may find similarities and differences between their life and yours. It does not matter when you lived or where you lived, we all have common threads in our lives. Family is important in most people’s lives and everyone has a family.

Focus Question:

What are the similarities and differences in the life of César E. Chávez and others compared to our own?

Expected Learning Outcomes:

Students will be able to identify the similarities and differences between their lives and the life of Chávez. The students and teacher will pick out similarities and differences to create a list.


Students fill out a Venn diagram comparing them with César E. Chávez. Teacher looks for the correct use of the concepts of similarity and difference. Students write a paragraph on the prompt, “What I have in common with Chávez.”

Key Concepts:

There are similarities and differences between people of different generations and cultures.

Essential Vocabulary:




César E. Chávez
Primary Sources:

K-2 Biography of César E. Chávez

Pictures of César E. Chávez as a child, picture 1, picture 2



Teacher shows the pictures to the students. Students will describe what they see in the pictures. Teacher then tells the students that the pictures are of César E. Chávez. The teacher describes the family and school life of the young César.

Making Connections:

The teacher reviews the book on the life of César E. Chávez. Students discuss the similarities and differences between his life then and their lives now.

Vocabulary Activities:

The teacher calls two students to the front of the class. The class tells the teacher what the students have in common and what is different.

Guided Instruction:

Teacher models how to do a Venn diagram and then the students create a Venn diagram about themselves and César E. Chávez. They use pictures to show the similarities and differences between them and César E. Chávez.

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