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Making Metaphors
Making Metaphors
Worksheet
Making Metaphors
Metaphors are imaginative ways to describe something by comparing that thing to something else. With this worksheet, students will write a metaphor for each pair of given words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Practice Onomatopoeia!
Practice Onomatopoeia!
Worksheet
Practice Onomatopoeia!
Students will learn to identify onomatopoeia using a word bank and context clues.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hyperbole
Hyperbole
Worksheet
Hyperbole
Your mind will burst with knowledge after completing this hyperbole activity! Turn normal skills and traits into lager-than-life abilities using exaggeration.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Marvelous Metaphors
Marvelous Metaphors
Lesson Plan
Marvelous Metaphors
Help your students become shining stars with this lesson about metaphors. Your class will hone art skills and practice comparison using figurative language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Pun Visuals
Pun Visuals
Lesson Plan
Pun Visuals
Strengthen your students' understanding of figurative language by helping them interpret visual puns! Students will use a webpage to help them understand puns in their future reading and writing endeavors.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Hyperboles in History
Hyperboles in History
Worksheet
Hyperboles in History
Students will learn about the history of hyperbole in literature and politics.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Lesson Plan
An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Use this lesson to help your ELs learn common English sound words. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Onomatopoeia Practice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Identify the Idiom
Identify the Idiom
Worksheet
Identify the Idiom
Kids practice using idioms in this figurative language worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Lesson Plan
Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors
Baby, you're a firework! In this musical lesson, your students will use context clues to determine the meaning of similes and metaphors in popular music. They will then use this knowledge to write their own metaphors and similes.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Animal Sounds Around the World
Animal Sounds Around the World
Worksheet
Animal Sounds Around the World
Students will learn common animal sound words in different languages!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Expressions Explained
Expressions Explained
Worksheet
Expressions Explained
Are you so hungry you could eat a horse? Your students will have fun identifying the examples of hyperbole and idioms in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fun with Food Puns #1
Fun with Food Puns #1
Worksheet
Fun with Food Puns #1
Engage your students with food puns to excite their appetites and brains!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Awesome Analogies
Awesome Analogies
Worksheet
Awesome Analogies
Introduce your students to analogies with this fun, fill-in-the-blank worksheet!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying Personification with Nouns and Verbs
Identifying Personification with Nouns and Verbs
Worksheet
Identifying Personification with Nouns and Verbs
Students will learn to identify personification using nouns and verbs as signal words!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similes 1
Similes 1
Exercise
Similes 1
Once students get underway with this Education.com exercise, learning about similes is easy as pie.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Reading & Understanding Similes
Reading & Understanding Similes
Worksheet
Reading & Understanding Similes
EL students will read similes and identify how the two things being compared are alike.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Is It Alliteration?
Is It Alliteration?
Worksheet
Is It Alliteration?
Help your students identify if alliteration is used in these funny sentences!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Sense of Idioms
Making Sense of Idioms
Worksheet
Making Sense of Idioms
Kids complete sentences with idioms in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Take a Walk with Idioms
Take a Walk with Idioms
Lesson Plan
Take a Walk with Idioms
Get your students moving! In this lesson, your students will walk around the classroom as they practice using and interpreting idioms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Similes with Linking Words
Similes with Linking Words
Lesson Plan
Similes with Linking Words
Use this lesson to help your ELs understand the structure and meaning of similes. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Soulful Similes and Musical Metaphors.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Making Sense of Figurative Language 3
Making Sense of Figurative Language 3
Worksheet
Making Sense of Figurative Language 3
This exercise will get your students inferring the meaning of unknown metaphors.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Animal Metaphors
Animal Metaphors
Worksheet
Animal Metaphors
This worksheet is a beast! That's a metaphor, and your child will be writing his own metaphors in no time, then he can use them in a poem.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
A Retelling of Han Christian Andersen's The Snowdrop
A Retelling of Han Christian Andersen's The Snowdrop
Worksheet
A Retelling of Han Christian Andersen's The Snowdrop
In this worksheet, children read Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale The Snowdrop, reimagined here as a drama.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Context
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Context
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Alliteration in Context
Alliteration is a type of figurative language that is often used to engage a reader’s senses. Use this resource with your students to practice identifying examples of alliteration in context.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fun with Puns
Fun with Puns
Worksheet
Fun with Puns
Help your students understand figurative language as they practice identifying homonyms!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

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.