Comparing Words

When we compare to words, objects or ideas, we think about many different aspects of both things. Somehow making comparisons helps us to focus on details. Comparing words can be a great way to clarify and strengthen your understanding of each word’s meaning. A Word Comparison graphic organizer helps students to compare two different words. On it, students write the words; they describe each word; and they draw a picture that relates to each word and its meaning. Finally, students explain how the two words they are comparing are related. Using descriptions, pictures, and comparisons can help students make connections with their vocabulary words. When they write about and share the connections they’ve found, they’ll begin to understand each word better. That’s a great result, because better understanding leads to using these new words more often, and that leads to a larger and stronger working vocabulary!