The teacher draws a large box and divides it into 4 quadrants. Students name 4 everyday objects, e.g. pencil, bike, car, comb. The teacher writes one object in each quadrant. Based on the topic studied, have the students brainstorm 3-5 similes for each word.
- How is the respiratory system like a pencil? tree? car? comb?
- How is an atom like a...?
- How is a quadrilateral like a...?
- How is division like a...?
- How is dribbling like a...?
- How is/was Macbeth like a...?
For students who have not yet studied similies, this strategy does not work. They just don't understand how to make the connections. So, I recommend this strategy for grades 4-12.
I hope you will take the opportunity to experiment with this strategy and then let us know how it goes.
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