Figurative Language Resources

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Hunting for Hyperbole
Hunting for Hyperbole
Worksheet
Hunting for Hyperbole
Help your students practice adding hyperbole into their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Punny Jokes
Punny Jokes
Worksheet
Punny Jokes
Give your students a case of the giggles with twelve funny pun cards that use similar sounding words and phrases to create double meaning.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Personification Practice
Glossary: Personification Practice
Worksheet
Glossary: Personification Practice
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Personification Practice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Making Alliteration Accessible
Glossary: Making Alliteration Accessible
Worksheet
Glossary: Making Alliteration Accessible
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Making Alliteration Accessible.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write Your Own Hyperboles
Write Your Own Hyperboles
Worksheet
Write Your Own Hyperboles
Your students will love getting creative as they turn ordinary statements into hyperboles.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
A Nation’s Strength
A Nation’s Strength
Worksheet
A Nation’s Strength
In this reading and writing worksheet about the poem “A Nation’s Strength” by William Ralph Emerson, students will use their understanding of figurative language to identify and define metaphors and difficult vocabulary.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Capturing the Clues
Capturing the Clues
Lesson Plan
Capturing the Clues
It’s time to get those magnifying glasses out! In this lesson, students will act as detectives, searching for clues about idioms. Who can find the clues that lead to the meanings of various idioms?
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Write Your Own Hyperboles #1
Write Your Own Hyperboles #1
Worksheet
Write Your Own Hyperboles #1
It's time to change boring to extraordinary with hyperbole magic! Your fifth graders will enjoy rewriting simple statements using hyperbole to exaggerate. Once they finish, they will be the smartest students in the world.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
More Fun with Puns
More Fun with Puns
Worksheet
More Fun with Puns
Students will get even better at creating punny sentences as they use homonyms!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Homographic Puns
Homographic Puns
Worksheet
Homographic Puns
Help students understand homographic puns and how to use them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Spark Post Pun
Spark Post Pun
Lesson Plan
Spark Post Pun
Here's a pun-filled lesson for your students! Ask students to apply their knowledge of puns and Adobe Spark in this maker-centered lesson. This lesson can follow the Adobe Spark: Parts, Purposes & Complexities and the Pun Visuals lessons.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Making Alliteration Accessible
Making Alliteration Accessible
Lesson Plan
Making Alliteration Accessible
Help your ELs learn about alliteration and practice identifying the descriptive adjectives and nouns that make up alliterative sentences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support to the lesson Analyzing Alliteration.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Cards: Figurative Language
Vocabulary Cards: Figurative Language
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Figurative Language
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Figurative Language.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Show Your Idioms
Show Your Idioms
Worksheet
Show Your Idioms
Hot potato! Here's a fun worksheet that is sure to elicit some giggles. Students will sketch the literal meaning of three idioms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Identifying Alliteration, Descriptive Adjectives, and Nouns
Identifying Alliteration, Descriptive Adjectives, and Nouns
Worksheet
Identifying Alliteration, Descriptive Adjectives, and Nouns
Get plenty of practice with alliteration by identifying and creating alliterative sentences.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Making Alliteration Accessible
Vocabulary Cards: Making Alliteration Accessible
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Making Alliteration Accessible
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Making Alliteration Accessible.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Pun Art #1
Pun Art #1
Worksheet
Pun Art #1
What do you call a pig that does karate? A pork chop! This figurative language worksheet gives your students a chance to create art to represent puns. Kids will have fun reading the puns and making their own illustrations to accompany them!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fun with Hyperboles
Fun with Hyperboles
Worksheet
Fun with Hyperboles
Students will become familiar with how to write a hyperbole by completing a variety of activities!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Vocabulary Cards: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: An Introduction to Onomatopoeia.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Homophonic Puns
Homophonic Puns
Worksheet
Homophonic Puns
Use this worksheet to help students practice understanding homophonic puns.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Worksheet
Make a Match with Oxymorons
Teach your students about contradictory phrases that go by the funny sounding name of "oxymoron." After your students match two words together to make oxymorons, they’ll write their own creative sentences using this fun figurative language tool.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Bad Hare Day Easter Puns
Bad Hare Day Easter Puns
Worksheet
Bad Hare Day Easter Puns
This Easter worksheet will help students practice understanding the meaning of puns.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Onomatopoeia Visual Glossary Cards
Onomatopoeia Visual Glossary Cards
Worksheet
Onomatopoeia Visual Glossary Cards
These 24 cards will introduce your students to common sound words!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Making Sense of Metaphors
Vocabulary Cards: Making Sense of Metaphors
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Making Sense of Metaphors
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Making Sense of Metaphors.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Obvious Oxymoron
Obvious Oxymoron
Worksheet
Obvious Oxymoron
Use this awfully good worksheet about using an oxymoron to inspire creative writing.
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.