Posted Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Today’s activity, Object Metaphor, invites students to make comparisons between a random object and another topic. How are you like a potato masher? Whether silly or serious, students will practice flexible and metaphorical thinking while making comparisons. Flexible thinking – being open-minded and adaptive to different ways of learning – is an executive function skill essential for school and life. Metaphorical thinking is a higher order thinking skill. This seemingly simple activity allows students to practice important life-long learning skills. Object Metaphor is recommended for students in second grade and up. As always, the directions for the activity are shared in two ways – for caregivers/teachers and for kids who can read so they can do the activity independently. Have fun, and feel free to share what you do with us.


Object Metaphor is credited to theatre artist and educator Meryl Friedman. You can see a longer description of the activity in the link below from the Drama-Based Instruction website created by Drama for Schools at The University of Texas at Austin.

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These activities are curated by Sarah Coleman, Portland Ovations’ Director of Engagement l School Programs. Sarah is a theatre educator, an arts integration specialist, and a former classroom teacher who has taught students in grades K – college as well as led professional development workshops for teachers around the country for over 15 years.

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