Lesson Plan - Get It!
- What qualities do you share with a friend?
- How are football and soccer similar?
- What is the difference between apples and oranges?
- What do all those questions have in common?
- And, what in the world is a double bubble map?
A double bubble map is a graphic organizer, or concept map, used to compare and contrast the similarities and differences of two things.
You can use graphic organizers to compare and contrast objects, people,and just about anything such as:
- you and a friend
- football and soccer
- apples and oranges
- bats and bugs
Graphic organizers and concept maps help you gain a better understanding of text. These aids show relationships between events or things.
The circles in the middle of the double bubble are for the similarities between the two things. The circles on the outside are for the differences.
For example, when comparing apples and oranges, a similarity (or center circle) is they both have seeds. A difference (or outer circle) is that an apple is red and an orange is, well, orange.
In this lesson, you will explore comparing and contrasting using double bubble maps.
Begin with two videos on double bubble maps.
How Do You Use a Double Bubble Map? from Jaime McGrath:
Double Bubble Map from Christian Luciano:
Next, look at the three double bubble map examples found on the Double Bubble Maps to Compare and Contrast located in the Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar.
Answer the following questions based on the concept maps. A suggested answer key can be found on the Double Bubble Maps to Compare and Contrast Answer Key (Downloadable Resources).
Renato and Lisa Double Bubble Map Questions:
What are the similarities between Renato and Lisa? In other words, what do they have in common?
What character traits does Renato have that Lisa does not?
What character traits does Lisa have that Renato does not?
Spiders and Bats Double Bubble Map Questions:
What are the similarities between spiders and bats? In other words, what do they have in common?
What qualities do spiders have that that bats do not?
What qualities do bats have that spiders do not?
Spiders and Insects Double Bubble Map Questions:
What are the similarities between spiders and insects? In other words, what do they have in common?
What qualities do spiders have that that insects do not?
What qualities do insects have that spiders do not?
Now, use the Graphic Organizer - Double Bubble Map to compare and contrast two different things (Downloadable Resources).
The following are some things you can compare on the double bubble map:
- you and a friend
- two types of fruit, such as an apple and a pumpkin
- two types of animals, such as a dog and a cat
- two of your friends
- two characters in a book
- two jobs, such as police officer and fire fighter
You can use pictures, drawings, and text for this activity.
When you are finished, share your double bubble map with a friend or family member and explain the similarities and differences of the two things you compared!