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Idioms 1
Idioms 1
Exercise
Idioms 1
Introduce students to the world of idioms with this exercise that shares some of the most common expressions in the English language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Hyperbole
Hyperbole
Exercise
Hyperbole
Students will finally have a name to describe the “dog ate my homework” storytelling that runs rampant throughout childhood with this hyperbole exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Vocabulary Builder: Descriptive Words
Vocabulary Builder: Descriptive Words
Worksheet
Vocabulary Builder: Descriptive Words
Introduce your students to vocabulary words that will strengthen their descriptive writing!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Worksheet
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Use this worksheet to teach your students how to explain the meaning of literal and nonliteral language. Don’t forget the context clues!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Simile vs. Metaphor
Simile vs. Metaphor
Lesson Plan
Simile vs. Metaphor
Do your students struggle with similes and metaphors? Do they have trouble identifying the two different types of analogies? This lesson will help simplify the two and put an end to the confusion.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Write Your Own Metaphors
Write Your Own Metaphors
Worksheet
Write Your Own Metaphors
Give kids a chance to think creatively about metaphors by letting them write their own! Students will stretch their imaginations and figurative language skills as they think of ways to describe their class, bedroom, and more.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Poetry
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Poetry
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Poetry
Alliteration is a type of figurative language that is often used in poetry. Use this classic poem with your students to practice identifying alliteration in context.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphors
Metaphors
Worksheet
Metaphors
How is a grapefruit like a moon? They are both round! Students will identify which items are being compared in a metaphor, then describe one way they are alike.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphors and Similes
Metaphors and Similes
Worksheet
Metaphors and Similes
Tennyson the Turtle provides a jolly introduction to metaphors and similes! Help your child to identify the figures of speech in this story.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What is Personification?
What is Personification?
Worksheet
What is Personification?
Help your writing sing with personification! Practice identifying the different examples of personification in these poems by Emily Dickinson.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Introduction to Similes
Introduction to Similes
Lesson Plan
Introduction to Similes
This lesson provides a concrete introduction to similes. Students will get a confidence boost after working together and completing some fun and colorful worksheets.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Workbook
Figurative Language
Descriptive language and metaphoric phrases take the spotlight in this workbook. Kids use new vocabulary and common phrases to tackle writing skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Examples of Hyperbole
Examples of Hyperbole
Worksheet
Examples of Hyperbole
Suffering from boring story syndrome? Never fear, Captain Hyperbole is here! Turn a bland statement into something incredible with the power of exaggeration.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Meaning 2
Word Meaning 2
Guided Lesson
Word Meaning 2
Words are the wondrous building blocks in language. This unit increases students’ word knowledge by introducing more challenging vocabulary and exploring how words are related. Learners will also discover some of the ways words are constructed using derivational root words, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. Students will get to explore and create fun literary devices such as similes, idioms and metaphors.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Figurative Language: Idioms
Figurative Language: Idioms
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Idioms
Use this resource with your students to practice using context clues to determine the meaning of idioms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Boosters
Vocabulary Boosters
Workbook
Vocabulary Boosters
Squeeze in some extra practice in word analysis, spelling, and punctuation with these engaging grammar worksheets.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Easy Easter Idioms
Easy Easter Idioms
Worksheet
Easy Easter Idioms
Put all your Easter eggs in this worksheet! Help your students use the context of a sentence to discover the meaning of these Easter idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Lesson Plan
Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms of Figurative Language
Similes, metaphors, and idioms are some of the most widely used literary devices in both speaking and writing. Students will review each of these and practice creating some of their own.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Alliteration Creation
Alliteration Creation
Lesson Plan
Alliteration Creation
Allow your adorable academics to ascertain alliteration with this lively lesson. Featuring tongue twisters and worksheets galore, this series of activities is sure to please young learners.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Worksheet
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Use this worksheet to review figurative language! Students will write what they think each idiom on this worksheet means.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphors 2
Metaphors 2
Exercise
Metaphors 2
Teach students how to use short stories to illustrate a point with this engaging exercise.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Poetry: Figurative Language
Poetry: Figurative Language
Lesson Plan
Poetry: Figurative Language
This literary lesson has students delving into Emily Dickinson's "The Moon was but a Chin of Gold" to find different types of figurative language. Writers will love sharpening reading comprehension skills with this poetry analysis activity.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Everybunny’s Easter Puns
Everybunny’s Easter Puns
Lesson Plan
Everybunny’s Easter Puns
The energizer bunny went to jail. He was charged with battery. Get it? Your students will understand after this lesson! Use this lesson to give your students tools to understand and create Easter puns.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Metaphors 1
Metaphors 1
Exercise
Metaphors 1
Students will understand how to identify and use metaphors after they work through this exercise.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Pun
Pun
Exercise
Pun
There’s nothing greater than a student who can appreciate a pun activity when they play one.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise

Figurative Language Resources

Figurative language is the more colorful partner of literal language. It uses words or expressions that may not be the actual, or literal, meaning, but conveys a more in-depth or heightened understanding of what the writer is trying to say. Figurative language can be found in different types of writing such as prose and nonfiction, but it is most common in poetry. Figurative language comes naturally to very young children, though they may not necessarily know the formal types. With our resources, help them hone their understanding and mastery of figurative language.

Figurative Language 101

Where literal language is “just the facts,” figurative language is just the facts plus some extra. It adds vibrancy to language in a number of ways by not necessarily sticking to precise definitions. Here are the most common types of figurative language that young students will enjoy learning:

Simile
A simile compares two different things in an interesting way. It uses the words “like” or “as” to achieve more depth in the language.
Examples: My bedroom is as clean as a whistle. She entered the room like an angry storm.

Metaphor
A metaphor is like a simile in that it compares two things, but metaphors do not use the “like” or “as.” It simply states that one thing is something else.
Examples: My sister is an angel. My love for my children is a vast ocean.

Personification
Personification is a kind of metaphor in which human qualities are assigned to things that aren’t human or even alive, like nature or emotions.
Example: The stars winked at us from the sky.

Hyperbole
Hyperbole is a fun one to learn because it lets you exaggerate language for emphasis or effect.
Example: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!

Symbolism
Symbolism is using symbols to give significance to objects, events, or relationships. Symbolism can also take the form of a metaphor.
Example: Life is a roller-coaster, so hang on for the ride.

Onomatopoeia
Onomatopoeia is a word conveyed as a sound effect. It’s one of the most fun uses of figurative language for young readers, as it makes words come alive on the page.
Example: The water splish-splashed down the slide.

There are many more types of figurative language that add vibrancy to language. Students will enjoy learning all about them and become more imaginative writers in the process.