How are these pictures the same? How are these pictures different? This routine of same or different allows students to compare two things, looking for how they are similar and how they are different.

Students start by thinking and studying this picture – noticing and wondering how these images are the same and how they are different. Then students share, verbalizing what the see being the same and different. Students learn how to share and talk about math in a way that is fun and engaging. They also see how different students see the world by listening to what they see as being the same or different.

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Where’s the math? The routine of Same or Different has students construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others which is a standard of mathematical practice. Depending upon the images that are used, different areas of math can be addressed. Here’s an example that can be used with algebra:

What grade level? The routine of Same or Different can be used K-12.

Ideas for Distance Delivery Options

Synchronous tech – Ask students to write on a GoogleDoc or in the chat box what they see as being the same or different

Asynchronous tech – Use a GoogleDoc where students could put their responses or try a GoogleForm where they do not get to see what others are thinking until the end

Paper – Send images home and have them write about what is the same and what is different

Possible homework – Have them find two pictures and ask people in their household what they see as being the same or different. Ask them what they learned from the people in their house.

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