Compare and Contrast

How to get students thinking meta-cognitively with CueThink. How to give them an opportunity to share what they create, both with peers and at home. 


Upper Grades

Find a thinklet that uses a DIFFERENT
or SIMILAR approach to solving your
problem. Annotate your peer’s thinklet
reflecting on your observation. You might
use one of the sentence frames below or
come up with your own. Make sure you
are specific!

Lower Grades

Watch some peer thinklets. Who did
something DIFFERENT or SIMILAR from
you in the problem? Let them know with an
annotation! These sentence frames can
help you write the annotation.

Possible Sentence Starters

I wonder how you thought of ____________. My approach was to __________.
I like that you _____________.
Wow! I didn’t think that way and next time I might _______________.
When you ___________ that surprised me since I ____________.
I want to make sure I understand how/why you ___________.
Did you try to ___________before you ______________?
I was going to use your approach but _______________.


Have students find at least two thinklets - both different, both similar, or one of each.
Encourage students to share their thinklet with someone at home and ask them to
help compose a “selfie” annotation. Be sure to remind them to acknowledge the
guest contribution
Increase the Depth of Knowledge (DOK) in this task by posing questions such as:
1. What would happen if you combined the different strategies? (DOK3/4)
2. Could you have predicted what the similarities and differences were likely to be?
3. Have students brainstorm additional sentence frames.

Inspired By

Designing Effective Homework (ASCD Express), Life of an Educator, DOK Question
; Applying Depth of Knowledge and many #mathed (and other #) twitter posts!