Miss Nelson vs. Miss Swamp?

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That substitute teacher looks awfully familiar! Clear up any cases of mistaken identity with a lesson plan that compares Miss Nelson to her similar-looking (but differently behaving) counterpart, Miss Swamp, in Miss Nelson is Missing. Learners compare and contrast the character traits of each of Miss Nelson's identities before discussing their findings.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring the same activity to additional grade-level books about characters who seem very different but are actually quite similar
  • Project the Venn diagram onto the board for class members to fill out together
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires a copy of Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard and James Marshall

  • Incorporates a popular and enjoyable book
  • Differentiation options make skills accessible for all learners

  • None