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Metaphors 3
Metaphors 3
Exercise
Metaphors 3
Students will be able to creatively apply metaphors to their discussions after they complete this exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Writing with Alliteration
Writing with Alliteration
Worksheet
Writing with Alliteration
This worksheet provides great practice for students to use alliteration in their writing.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Valentine's Day Idioms
Valentine's Day Idioms
Lesson Plan
Valentine's Day Idioms
To make a long story short, idioms are a fun addition to the English language! Use this lesson with your students to determine the meaning of common idioms— specifically those associated with Valentine's Day.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's an Idiom?
What's an Idiom?
Lesson Plan
What's an Idiom?
Does the confusion of learning idioms “add fuel to the fire” for your students? Your students will “go back to the drawing board” in this lesson, as they consider the literal and figurative meaning of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Onomatopoeia with Mr. Brown
Onomatopoeia with Mr. Brown
Lesson Plan
Onomatopoeia with Mr. Brown
Zoom into some grammar development action. In this lively lesson on onomatopoeia, students sound out and identify the sources of words like "boom" and "hiss."
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Puzzling Puns
Puzzling Puns
Worksheet
Puzzling Puns
In this fun worksheet, students will get to practice using both homophones and homonyms as they identify and write puns!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Sense of Metaphors
Making Sense of Metaphors
Lesson Plan
Making Sense of Metaphors
Use this lesson to help your ELs identify and understand the meaning of metaphors. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson What's a Metaphor?
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Lesson Plan
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idioms are a challenging piece of figurative language for students, but it can be an easier task with the help of context clues. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Capturing the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figurative Language: Silly Alliteration
Figurative Language: Silly Alliteration
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Silly Alliteration
Silly sentences will have your students smiling! Use this resource with your students to practice writing silly sentences with alliteration.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Explanations for Expressions
Explanations for Expressions
Lesson Plan
Explanations for Expressions
Do your students need instruction in how to find and determine the meaning of figurative language? In this lesson, students will explore the exaggerations found in hyperbole and elements of idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Hip-Hop Hyperboles
Hip-Hop Hyperboles
Worksheet
Hip-Hop Hyperboles
Teach your students about hyperbole using music! First, let them practice interpreting hyperboles. Then, play a song (or provide lyrics) and invite them to listen for an example of hyperbole.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hyperboles + Superlatives
Hyperboles + Superlatives
Worksheet
Hyperboles + Superlatives
What could be more fun than using hyperbole? Adding superlatives! Your students will have fun identifying both of these figures of speech in this worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oxymoron
Oxymoron
Exercise
Oxymoron
Help students learn how to categorize objects with this exercise that educates them about oxymorons.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Wacky Limericks
Wacky Limericks
Worksheet
Wacky Limericks
As your students read these silly limericks, they’ll identify examples of hyperbole.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Analyzing a Passage from The Wizard of Oz
Analyzing a Passage from The Wizard of Oz
Worksheet
Analyzing a Passage from The Wizard of Oz
Invite your students to read a passage from a familiar story, The Wizard of Oz. Then, ask them to use their literary knowledge to answer the comprehension questions.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
More Creative Alliteration
More Creative Alliteration
Worksheet
More Creative Alliteration
Challenge your students to write sentences using alliteration!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identical Idioms
Identical Idioms
Worksheet
Identical Idioms
This resource makes matching idioms as easy as pie! ​Students will pair idioms based on their identical meaning.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What is Hyperbole?
What is Hyperbole?
Worksheet
What is Hyperbole?
Take things to the extreme with this hyperbole practice sheet! Learn to use exaggeration to make your writing more descriptive.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idiom Card Swap
Idiom Card Swap
Lesson Plan
Idiom Card Swap
Idioms are not always a piece of cake! Use this fun activity to teach your students the difference between the literal and figurative meanings of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Alliteration
Analyzing Alliteration
Lesson Plan
Analyzing Alliteration
In this fun lesson, your students will practice identifying and writing sentences with alliteration. They will also reflect upon the purpose of alliteration and the effect it has upon the reader.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Glossary: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Glossary: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Worksheet
Glossary: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Sounds Familiar!
Sounds Familiar!
Lesson Plan
Sounds Familiar!
Reading is about to come alive with onomatopoeia! In this lesson students will learn to differentiate between alliteration and onomatopoeia and practice determining how onomatopoeia is used by authors to convey rich meaning.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Examples of Similes
Examples of Similes
Worksheet
Examples of Similes
Are you as quick as lightning? Learn about similes with this fun activity. Pick a simile and draw a picture to represent it.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Visual Puns
Visual Puns
Worksheet
Visual Puns
Introduce your students to visual puns with these fun images! Then, challenge them to come up with their own visual puns.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Deeper Meanings
Deeper Meanings
Lesson Plan
Deeper Meanings
Do your students understand the deeper meaning or humor behind a play on words? In this lesson, students will learn how to interpret the meaning of oxymorons and puns, identify key words, and explain the meanings!
4th 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.