Lesson plan

Simile for Me!

Swift as a coursing river, your students will get the hang of similes with this creativity-fuelled writing lesson. Featuring a bunch of fun worksheets, these activities are sure to keep young learners engaged.
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Students will be able to identify and use different similes.

(5 minutes)
Clear as CrystalEasy as PieSimiles for KidsScrambled Similes
  • Use sticky notes to poll the class using the following prompt: "What is a simile?"
  • Have students volunteer to share their thoughts.
  • Write a simile on the board, e.g. "She is as blind as a bat."
  • You can also use any examples from the Easy as Pie worksheet.
  • Tell students that SimilesAre AnalogiesThat CompareTwo things using "like" or "as."
  • Have students identify the meaning of the analogy. (She can’t see very well.)
  • Explain to students that in this lesson, they will identify and create similes and explain their meanings.
(10 minutes)
  • Write another example of a simile on the board, e.g. "It's as easy as 1-2-3."
  • You can also use any examples from the Easy as Pie worksheet.
  • Advise students that an "as ___ as ___" analogy should follow the following format: "as + (adjective) + as + (noun)."
  • Have students identify the adjective (easy), noun (123), and meaning of the analogy (It's very easy).
  • Have students create an analogy using "like" and write it on the board. One example is "I slept like a log."
  • Advise students that when using a "___ like ___" analogy should follow the following format: "(verb) + like + (noun)."
  • Have students identify the verb, noun and meaning of the analogy that have been listed on the board.
  • Advise students that they just created similes.
(10 minutes)
  • Go through the examples on the Similes For Kids worksheet.
  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the worksheet.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students complete the Clear as Crystal worksheet independently.
  • Tell them that, in addition to following the sheet's instructions, they must also circle the adjective and write the meaning of the analogy next to each sentence.
  • Collect and correct students' worksheets once they're done. Assess their understanding based on their responses.
  • Enrichment:Challenge advanced students to create an illustrated ABC book for grades of similes for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Support:Have struggling students complete the Scrambled Similes worksheet with you or a partner. This worksheet includes a word bank that could be helpful for them.
(10 minutes)
  • Allow volunteers to share what they wrote for the meanings of different similes.
(10 minutes)
  • Have each student share the following: three things she learned today, two things she has questions about, and one thing from the lesson that she'll use later on.

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