Similarities & Differences


Identifying similarities and differences includes four instructional strategies which help learners identify patterns and make connections in how two or more items are similar or different. These strategies include: comparing/contrasting, classifying, creating metaphors, and analogies. Students may compare objects for to identify similarities and/or differences. They may classify items based on their characteristics. They may use a metaphor or analogy to explain similar qualities or similarities between objects. Utilizing similarities and differences builds connections to prior knowledge and helps students to organize new material.

Read and Reflect

  1. Read about Identifying Similarities and Differences from the Northwest Educational Technology Consortium.
  2. Go to the Read and Reflect section on your Similarities & Differences wiki page. Describe how you are currently implementing this strategy in your classroom with or without technology. Then share new insights or ideas you gained from this reading.

Apply and Reflect

  1. Learn about Webspiration and how it can be used for similarities and differences.
  2. Complete the Apply and Reflect section on your Similarities & Differences wiki page. Show evidence that you completed the activity and share ways this tool is applicable to your curriculum.