"Your leaves are like solar panels, and the energy produced by the leaves is used as energy for the whole plant"
Here is an analogy based on form and not on function. Trees have many leaves and birds have many feathers. They both have large surface areas, but their functions are completely different. Leaves absorb sunlight for the production of sugar and facilitate gas exchange. Feathers provide lift for flight. This is a good example of an analogy in which 2 things should not be compared. Using this to teach would only confuse the students.
"Fall leaves are like a kaleidoscope – you can move the colors around and they make thousands of eye catching views. In this lesson, I used actual leaves, but I'm supplying lots of photographs you can use instead."
"The pomegranate speaks:
My leaves are like your teeth
My fruit like your breasts.
I, the most beautiful of fruits,
Am present in all weathers, all seasons
As the lover stays forever with the beloved,Drunk on 'shedeh' and wine."
They are sugar factories that absorb sun light and carbon dioxide to produce sugars for the plant to consume.
METAMIA is a free database of analogy and metaphor. Anyone can contribute or search. The subject matter can be anything. Science is popular, but poetry is encouraged. The goal is to integrate our fluid muses with the stark literalism of a relational database. Metamia is like a girdle for your muses, a cognitive girdle.