- Analogies can help you to make a point. For example, in his recent Health Care speech, President Obama said that the public option was not threatening to private health insurance companies in the same way that public universities do not threaten private colleges and universities.
- In the classroom analogies can be used to enhance what you are already teaching in social studies, science, or literature.
- Analogies are fun!
Using Analogies with Kids
So, you ask, "How can I make analogies a part of my child's life?" Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Make them up as a game - in the car, in the waiting room, over breakfast. For example: Cheerios are to box as milk is to ___________ Or for little kids phrase as: Your plate is like a circle in the same way that your napkin is like a ______________. Encourage your kids to make up their own analogies for you and each other
- Have your kids create some spatial analogies on paper if your kids love to draw, or on the computer if they love using paint, or images on an office application.
- Better yet, especially for those kinesthetic learners, draw them in chalk on the sidewalk or shaving cream on a table.
- For teachers or homeschoolers integrate analogies into whatever you are studying. Put a couple at the end of a worksheet just for fun, or put some on the board as a morning warm up activity. For example, if you are doing a unit on food chains you could use: huckleberries : producer : : rabbit : _________ or bear : cub : : deer : ____________
- Have your students make up analogies for each other. Have an Analogy Challenge by requiring your students to use a specific word in analogies that they create. Or have each student contribute one analogy to a worksheet that you use for the whole class.
- Use Analogy worksheets. Here are the ones I have developed.
A little harder: Analogies, Multiple Choice and Timed!
Got more ideas on how to get analogies into kids' lives? Please let me know!
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