Years ago, I read Rick Wormeli’s book, “Metaphors and Analogies.” Filled with great ideas, the book motivated me to use analogies more frequently in my teaching. They are a such an effective way to help students see connections between new and familiar concepts. To add some challenge to a recent lesson, I created Alternate Analogy Cards.
- Print out these cards and laminate them.
- Fill in the blanks with the content from your lesson. In the photo example, you can see that the lesson was using dominoes as a way to explain cause and effect.
- Hand the cards to students who are ready for a greater challenge. Ask them to think about an answer during the lesson and then share with the class as part of the lesson closure.
- Keep the cards readily accessible so that you can pull them out whenever you find yourself using an analogy.
Instead of providing only a few students a card, consider writing the challenge on the board for all to think about during your lesson!