Identifying Similarities/Differences

The instructional strategy of identifying similarities and differences in the context in which we are learning helps us to restructure our understanding of that content. As we make new connections, experience fresh insights, correct misconceptions, we are lead to a deeper understanding of the material. Technnology can help us create graphic organizers for comparing, classifying, creating metaphors, and creating analogies.

Word Processing Application
  • Use Microsoft Word Drawing toollbar to create diagrams,charts, and classification tables to reflect the similarities and differences of any concept. Classify geography terms, literary genres or create a analogy puzzle.

Spreadsheet Software

Organizing and Brainstorming Software
  • Use Inspiration ( Grades 5-12) or Kidspiration (Grades K-4) to help scaffold learning experiences and visually connect with concepts. Students can compare other countries to the United States or do book comparisons. Students could also classify animals and words.
    Examples of graphic organizers for Identifying Similarities and Differences

Data Collection Tools
  • Use Excel, Numbers or InspireData to gather data and then compare and classify that data to understand a concept such as density is how much mass is packed into a certain volume.
    Resources using Raw Data from David Warlick / Landmarks for Schools

Web Resources