Figurative Language Resources

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“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
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“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia
Let Amelia Bedelia introduce figurative language in this fun and interactive lesson that includes a game, group work and a chance for students to shine as idiom authors!
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What Is an Idiom?
What Is an Idiom?
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What Is an Idiom?
Learn what an idiom is, and do some fun coloring with this informative worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphor and Simile Search
Metaphor and Simile Search
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Metaphor and Simile Search
Get students thinking figuratively by having them connect their understanding of metaphors and similes to the books they read in class. Students will seek out a metaphor or simile in their reading, consider the quote's context, then explain what they thin
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms: Picture This!
Idioms: Picture This!
Worksheet
Idioms: Picture This!
Introduce your students to some common English idioms and their meanings.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mixed Up Idioms
Mixed Up Idioms
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Mixed Up Idioms
What in the world? Your students will have a blast unpacking the meaning of common idioms and creating original art as they learn the difference between literal and figurative interpretations of sayings.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All Kinds of Sounds
All Kinds of Sounds
Worksheet
All Kinds of Sounds
Having fun with words and sounds! Extend your students’ experience with onomatopoeia by giving them words to sort and asking them to identify how an author could use specific words in their writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Assonance and Consonance
Assonance and Consonance
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Assonance and Consonance
Play around with word sounds in this figurative language worksheet! Learn to identify assonance and consonance, two common poetic devices.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration Sentences
Figurative Language: Alliteration Sentences
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration Sentences
Successful students set sail with alliteration! Use this resource with your students to practice writing sentences using alliteration.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Sense of Figurative Language 2
Making Sense of Figurative Language 2
Worksheet
Making Sense of Figurative Language 2
Use this resource with your students to practice using context clues to find the meaning of nonliteral language.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Writing Metaphors with Linking Verbs
Writing Metaphors with Linking Verbs
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Writing Metaphors with Linking Verbs
In this exercise, students will use linking verbs to write metaphors with support.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
All About Metaphors
All About Metaphors
Worksheet
All About Metaphors
This worksheet is a slam dunk for metaphors! Your young writer will learn what makes up a metaphor, and then practice making a few of her own.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Twisted Ankle
The Twisted Ankle
Worksheet
The Twisted Ankle
Similes are all around us—sometimes you just need a little context to know how to decipher them! This lighthearted story about a twisted ankle contains two hidden similes. Can your students find them?
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Personification Practice
Personification Practice
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Personification Practice
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand how nouns and verbs are used in personification. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Poetry: Figurative Language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Reading & Understanding Metaphors
Reading & Understanding Metaphors
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Reading & Understanding Metaphors
Students will read metaphors and identify how the two things being compared are alike.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms in Context
Idioms in Context
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Idioms in Context
Introduce your students to these common English idioms, used in the context of a sentence.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
More Hyperbole in Poetry
More Hyperbole in Poetry
Worksheet
More Hyperbole in Poetry
When your students read this silly poem, they will find examples of hyperbole. Then, they will make a connection to another language concept: superlatives!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Simile Scramble
Simile Scramble
Worksheet
Simile Scramble
These similes got mixed up! With this simile worksheet, students will choose from a selection of words to complete the scrambled similes.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Simile for Me!
Simile for Me!
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Simile for Me!
Swift as a coursing river, your students will get the hang of similes with this creativity-fueled writing lesson. Featuring a bunch of fun worksheets, these activities are sure to keep young learners engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Pun with Homophones
Pun with Homophones
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Pun with Homophones
Help your budding wordsmiths develop their figurative language skills with this fun pun activity! This is a great worksheet for students to practice identifying and using homophones as they work to create their very own puns!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
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Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
Sometimes authors choose to describe their setting for readers to imagine, but don't actually tell them where the story is set! In this lesson, students will learn to deduce settings from context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
The Day I Saved the World!
The Day I Saved the World!
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The Day I Saved the World!
When your students read this exaggerated tale, they will find a ton of hyperboles!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms
Idioms
Lesson Plan
Idioms
Idioms are especially difficult for English Language Learners! Give your students an introduction to idioms with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idiom Pictionary and Charades
Idiom Pictionary and Charades
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Idiom Pictionary and Charades
Idioms can be a pain in the neck to understand! Help your students become acquainted with many of the English language's funny and confusing idioms in this lesson that has them using their creativity to act out or illustrate idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Sounds Like an Animal!
Sounds Like an Animal!
Worksheet
Sounds Like an Animal!
If your students need more practice with onomatopoeia, this worksheet will provide them with examples of common animal sounds and related contexts.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Lesson Plan
Using Adjectives and Similes to Describe
Use this lesson to help your ELs explore adjectives and how we can use them to describe things. This lesson can stand alone or be used as a pre-lesson for the *Similes that Describe ME!* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan

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.