Best Practices: Applications or Examples of the Strategy:

Identifying Similarities and Differences

Application (What)

Explanation (How to)

Content (When)

Develop a Character Analysis in a short story

Teacher distinguises the difference between
similarities and differences through class discussion.
Teacher uses real-life examples (famous people, shoes, etc.)
to engage the "thinking process." After teacher establishes
student comprehension, the teacher then uses two of the characters
in the short story.

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Strategies (support)

Comparing the lifestyles of the three colonial regions

Students complete a chart with these headings - Region, Colonies in
the region, major cities, lifestyle - include notes about occupations,
traditions, characteristics of that region

US History

Similarities and Differences with vocab.

Sometimes the best way to teach a child what something "is" is to teach the child what it
"is not."

Identifying similarities and differences of emotions
Students, working in groups, list all emotions that come to mind. Afterwards, the group
puts the emotions in categories. Lastly, the class will figure out how to sort the
Health II

Compare/Contrast School and Work environment

Students are split in groups of 3 or 4 to create list of differences and similarities in the school and work environment

All content areas
compare/contrast differences-bubble map

Use a bubble map to make comparisons. The similarities are in the middle and connected. The differences are on the outside and only connect to one character.

Development of art styles

Take artwork from different time periods and stylistic periods. The students will compare and contrast the artworks in terms of object, subject, elements and principles of design, as well as symbolic meaning, and anything else they can of.

Art and Spanish