Idioms

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Literal and Nonliteral Language
Literal and Nonliteral Language
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Literal and Nonliteral Language
Use this worksheet to teach your students to write compound sentences with the support of sentence frames as they differentiate between literal and nonliteral meanings of idioms. Don’t forget the context clues!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Idioms: Picture This!
Idioms: Picture This!
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Idioms: Picture This!
Introduce your students to some common English idioms and their meanings.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
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Capturing the Clues
Capturing the Clues
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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
Easy Easter Idioms
Easy Easter Idioms
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Easy Easter Idioms
Put all your Easter eggs in this worksheet! Help your students use the context of a sentence to discover the meaning of these Easter idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
Puns with Idioms
Puns with Idioms
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Puns with Idioms
Challenge your students to use what they know about idioms to find the double meaning in these silly puns. They will ‘get a kick’ out of it!
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
Identical Idioms
Identical Idioms
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Identical Idioms
This resource makes matching idioms as easy as pie! ​Students will pair idioms based on their identical meaning.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Show Your Idioms
Show Your Idioms
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Show Your Idioms
Children draw the literal meaning of a few idiomatic expressions as they consider their true social meaning.
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
Making Sense of Idioms
Making Sense of Idioms
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Making Sense of Idioms
Kids complete sentences with idioms in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Identify the Idiom
Identify the Idiom
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Identify the Idiom
Kids practice using idioms in this figurative language worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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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
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Vocabulary Cards: Idioms
Vocabulary Cards: Idioms
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Vocabulary Cards: Idioms
Use these vocabulary cards with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Idioms.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Glossary: Idioms
Glossary: Idioms
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Glossary: Idioms
Use this glossary with the EL Support Lesson Plan: Idioms.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Visual Puns
Visual Puns
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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
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Idioms

Idioms are phrases that have a figurative meaning, not a literal one. Their meanings derive from common usage. Idioms can be challenging to learn, since sometimes their origin can be obscure, but they are fun to learn for kids. With our worksheets and activities, teach your kids this most interesting quirk of the English language. Soon, using idioms in their everyday speech and writing will be a piece of cake

Learn More About Idioms

We use idioms all the time, even though we don’t know where they came from. They are so woven into the language that they’re just something we “know” as we get older. There are approximately 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. But it’s not just the English language that contains them; every language has their own idioms as well. Idioms make language more interesting because they provide metaphorical meaning or historical or regional color.

10 Most Common Idiomatic Expressions
  • Piece of cake (something that’s easy to do)
    Example: That test was a piece of cake.
  • A hot potato (an issue or situation that’s controversial)
    Example: When the topic shifted to politics, my friend dropped the conversation like a hot potato.
  • Once in a blue moon (very rarely)
    Example: I buy shoes once in a blue moon.
  • When pigs fly (something that will never happen or is impossible)
    Example: She’ll clean her room without being told when pigs fly.
  • Devil’s advocate (one who presents a counterargument)
    Example: Jack says the opposite just to play devil’s advocate.
  • Miss the boat (miss your chance)
    Example: We missed the boat on that sale.
  • A bed of roses (an easy option)
    Example: Doing chores is no bed of roses.
  • Raining cats and dogs (raining very heavily)
    Example: Grab an umbrella. It’s raining cats and dogs.
  • Apple of the eye (someone very precious)
    Example: My son is the apple of my eye.
  • Zip your lip (stop talking)
    Example: It’s best to zip your lip when your teacher is talking.