Thursday, September 22, 2011

STEM Friday: Animalogy: Animal Analogies

Animalogy: Animal Analogies
written by Marianne Berkes; illustrated by Cathy Morrison
2011 (Sylvan Dell Publishing)
Source: Orange County Public Library

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Analogy: A form of reasoning in which one thing is inferred to be similar to another thing in a certain respect. (

In their seminal work, Classroom Instruction That Works, authors Robert Marzano, Debra J. Pickering, and Jane Pollock listed identifying similarities and differences as one of nine strategies that have a positive impact on student learning. I never thought about introducing analogies to young children until I read Animalogy. This book is full of analogies that will stir critical thinking in your classroom. Beaver is to build, as spider is to spin. I read this analogy and thought about other things that animals build. That helped me create this analogy: Nest is to bird, as den is to fox. Each analogy can take you in several directions. Some of these analogies would be very helpful in trying to teach general vs. specific to older students. Other analogies will prompt you to think about classifying and using graphic organizers. Each two page spread is accompanied by gorgeous illustrations that will keep young students engaged. The back matter contains many activities that further stretch young minds and you can photocopy these lessons for classroom use. But wait, there's more! Publisher Sylvan Dell also had a PDF with activities that can be replicated for use in the classroom. Animalogy is a valuable resource for any primary teacher interested in enhancing student thinking in their classroom.


  1. This books sounds very interesting, Jeff. Thank you for posting it. I have to check it out!

  2. Thank you for stopping by, Ana Maria!


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