Analogies are now specifically included in middle school Common Core State Standards and these fun little puzzlers are a great tool to help students at all levels build vocabulary and logic skills.
This introductory lecture is paired with 10 follow-up assignments that can serve as in-class work (solo or group), homework, substitute teacher materials, or game materials. Each assignment sheet can also be sliced up into five separate mini-assignments, allowing for short bell-ringer work sessions or differentiation within one class. Lots of potential uses!
This bundle includes:
• Eye-grabbing opening lecture slides that introduce how analogies work, 10 common word relationships presented in analogies, low-pressure interactive self-quizzing, and helpful tips for decoding analogy questions (16-slide Prezi with zooming animations)
• Fill-in-the-blank guided notesheet to help students take accurate notes during the lecture and serve as a reference sheet. Answer key included. (2-page PDF)
• Ten separate worksheets (each featuring 25 questions) that will reinforce skills and challenge students. These sheets were built for eighth and ninth graders, but could also be successfully used by advanced seventh graders. Answer keys included. (20-page PDF)
Due to the "zoom" animations, this zip file is large. The download will take a few minutes, so please be patient. When you get the folder, open it and launch the "Prezi." Just ignore the other items; they're needed to run the show. Your computer will ask if you want to "open" the web-created file. No worries; there's no virus, so just open and enjoy. For full-screen viewing, be sure to click on the small icon in the lower right-hand corner (just like on YouTube). An alternative access link to view the Prezi online is also included.
Want more vocabulary builders? Click here for weekly vocabulary bell-ringer mini-lessons.
Want more logic puzzles that include word sense and lateral thinking? Click here for a full semester of Brain Teasers.
NOTE: This item is included in my English 9-10 full-year curriculum. If you already own the full-year download, please do not purchase this item here individually. If you’d like to receive this item plus everything else needed to teach 180 days of English 9 or English 10 at a deeply discounted price, click here to learn more about the full-year curriculum download.
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