Includes XY Grid Example and blank XY Grid to fill out.
As students are synthesizing new information, an XY Grid will be a helpful tool for them to utilize. Have students pick two different objects, ideas, people, products, quotes, materials, etc. to compare and contrast. When comparing/contrasting these items, think about different aspects of those items that would foster deeper learning. For example, when comparing two different types of granola bars – Lara Bars versus RX Bars – students could consider things like price, nutritional value, when is it eaten (meal versus snack), how much protein is in it, etc. When students acknowledge these aspects of comparison, they can put these opposites on either end of both axes. For example, one set of opposites would go on the poles of the X axis, and another set of opposites go on the poles of the Y axis. When comparing granola bars, expensive versus cheap could go on the poles of one axis and delicious versus tolerable could go on the poles of the other axis. Students can begin to decipher patterns, relations, and themes as groups emerge. The XY Grid Bundle includes the XY Grid Example Graphic Organizer and the blank XY Grid to fill out – both of these are colorful, landscape PDF downloads that can be used throughout grades 6-12 and across subject areas.