Analogy Activities & Games for Elementary Students

Instructor: Clio Stearns

Clio has taught education courses at the college level and has a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Learning about analogies helps children understand figurative language as well as relationships among different concepts. This lesson makes analogy learning fun by incorporating games and activities.

Why Teach Analogies?

Are you trying to help your students understand figurative language? Maybe you want to help them develop as abstract thinkers, or perhaps you are looking for ways to strengthen their understanding of logical relationships and the sophistication of their writing. One thing that can help many students is an understanding of analogies, or comparisons and parallels among two different objects or concepts. Students who understand analogies are also well positioned to grow their own vocabularies and make sense of complicated literature.

This lesson offers some activities and games that will help you teach elementary school students about analogies while keeping them engaged and excited about learning.

Analogy Games

The games in this section will help kids enjoy themselves as they develop an understanding of analogies.

Part to Whole

Many analogies have to do with the relationship between a part and a whole. For instance, a finger is to a hand as a toe is to a foot. Students will explore this concept with a game.

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