Analogies for Vocabulary Development

by Jimmie Lanley on December 15, 2010

Analogies are wonderful exercises.  They teach

  • vocabulary
  • logical thinking
  • critical thinking
  • creativity

Let me say that in an analogy:

analogies : brain :: sit-ups : abs

(And from a practical standpoint, analogies are frequently used on standardized tests.)

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Vocabulary Workbooks We Use

We have finished using Analogy Roundup for vocabulary practice this term. It’s a great workbook that takes you through the various relationships that are commonly used in analogies. There are plenty of practice analogies and lots of review of the relationships.

As a culminating activity, I asked Sprite to create four of her own analogies. Wow, was I impressed with what she did!

Analogy Resources

  1. Prufrock Press has several workbooks (retail) that deal with analogies.
  2. Vocabulary Building with Analogies is a more in-depth article about using analogies as part of your curriculum.
  3. Introduction to analogies (PDF)  is especially good for teaching younger students the thinking process for solving analogies
  4. Understanding Analogies (PDF)is written on a higher level, suitable for middle schoolers.

Free Analogies Worksheets

  1. Seven Simple Analogies
  2. Scholastic Scope Analogies worksheet
  3. Analogies Sampler K-12
  4. Super Teacher Analogy Worksheets
  5. Manatee County Curriculum

And a beautiful thing about analogies is that they can be used for any subject. For a serious mind workout, have your child create analogies with new content area vocabulary. This can serve as the narration activity for the day. For example, after a chemistry lesson have your children make a few analogies with the vocabulary words from the science lesson. This will work for math or history or any academic area at all.

Have you used analogies with your children? What resources did you use?

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