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More Wacky Alliteration
More Wacky Alliteration
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More Wacky Alliteration
Students will love reading these wacky sentences to practice recognizing alliteration as they read.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Synonyms, Antonyms, and Oxymora
Synonyms, Antonyms, and Oxymora
Lesson Plan
Synonyms, Antonyms, and Oxymora
Review synonyms and antonyms by creating oxymora! An oxymoron is a fun way to integrate figurative language in students’ writing. This lesson will ask students to use antonyms to create their own oxymora.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Vocabulary Cards: Personification Practice
Vocabulary Cards: Personification Practice
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Personification Practice
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Personification Practice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Write Your Own Hyperboles #2
Write Your Own Hyperboles #2
Worksheet
Write Your Own Hyperboles #2
With this worksheet, your fifth graders will add feeling to their writing by using hyperbole. Hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration that adds emphasis and humor for extra effect. Once they complete this worksheet, they will be masters of hyperbole.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Similes with Linking Words
Glossary: Similes with Linking Words
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Glossary: Similes with Linking Words
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson: Similes with Linking Words.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oxymoron Creations
Oxymoron Creations
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Oxymoron Creations
Help your students practice using two antonyms to create an oxymoron.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Eggsciting Easter Puns
Eggsciting Easter Puns
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Eggsciting Easter Puns
Use this worksheet to help students practice understanding the meaning of Easter puns.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Glossary: Idioms
Glossary: Idioms
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Glossary: Idioms
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Idioms.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hilarious Hyperbole
Hilarious Hyperbole
Worksheet
Hilarious Hyperbole
Practice identifying and writing hyperboles using this ridiculously fun worksheet!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Is It Alliteration? #2
Is It Alliteration? #2
Worksheet
Is It Alliteration? #2
Use this worksheet for more practice identifying alliteration.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Intense Hyperboles
Intense Hyperboles
Worksheet
Intense Hyperboles
Who doesn’t like to exaggerate a little? Introduce your fourth graders to this fun form of figurative language with this entertaining worksheet. They are sure to have the best time of their lives exploring hyperboles and creating some of their own!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Let's Have Even More Pun!
Let's Have Even More Pun!
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Let's Have Even More Pun!
Students will be rolling with laughter as they read and write their own puns!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
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Seriously Fun Oxymorons!
Students will get to play with words as they explore a variety of oxymorons in this seriously fun worksheet! As kids explain the meaning of these contradictory terms, they’ll learn how figurative language can add humor and intrigue to their writing!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Hyperbole Tracker
Hyperbole Tracker
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Hyperbole Tracker
Use this organizer to help students track examples of hyperbole.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Create a Pun 2
Create a Pun 2
Worksheet
Create a Pun 2
It's time to let loose and get silly with this fun figurative language exercise! This worksheet will let your students stretch their creativity as they practice using homonyms to write their own puns.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Let's Play with Alliteration
Let's Play with Alliteration
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Let's Play with Alliteration
Students will laugh as they practice using alliteration in this fun writing worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Pun Art #2
Pun Art #2
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Pun Art #2
Why is the math book so sad? It has too many problems! Help your students bring puns to life by having them create visuals to represent the play on words. Kids will have a blast reading the puns and making their own illustrations to accompany them.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fun with Food Puns #2
Fun with Food Puns #2
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Fun with Food Puns #2
Engage your students with eggciting wordplay and food puns!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Inside Out Oxymorons!
Inside Out Oxymorons!
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Inside Out Oxymorons!
Students will play with words as they explore a variety of oxymorons in this fun worksheet. As kids identify these contradictory terms and integrate them into sentences, they’ll see how figurative language can add humor and intrigue to their writing!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Humongous Hyperboles
Humongous Hyperboles
Worksheet
Humongous Hyperboles
Let’s exaggerate! Hyperboles are a fun way for students to spice up their writing.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron #2
Oh My Oxymoron #2
Worksheet
Oh My Oxymoron #2
An oxymoron is a figure of speech made up of words with very different meanings. In this creative writing activity, students will put their figurative language skills to the test as they craft a story using some catchy contradictory phrases!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make It Alliterate
Make It Alliterate
Worksheet
Make It Alliterate
This fantastically fun worksheet is a great way for students to practice using alliteration.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Make It Alliterate #2
Make It Alliterate #2
Worksheet
Make It Alliterate #2
This wonderful worksheet is a great way for students to practice using alliteration!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Animal Puns
Animal Puns
Worksheet
Animal Puns
Give your students exposure to funny puns related to animals!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Similes with Linking Words
Vocabulary Cards: Similes with Linking Words
Worksheet
Vocabulary Cards: Similes with Linking Words
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson: Similes with Linking Words.
5th 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.