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Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Worksheet
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Children work with two forms of figurative language in this grammar worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Game
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Kids categorize metaphors by type in this sorting game.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Figurative Language Practice
Figurative Language Practice
Worksheet
Figurative Language Practice
Students will learn to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, and personification in writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
This third grade independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies activities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Guided Lesson
Figurative Language
As students begin to read more sophisticated texts, understanding how authors use figurative language becomes critical. In this unit, students will revisit some of the figurative language they learned in fourth grade and also study some new ones too, including onomatopoeia, hyperbole, puns and oxymorons. Analyzing how figurative language is used in texts will help readers apply what they have learned.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Simile or Metaphor
Simile or Metaphor
Worksheet
Simile or Metaphor
Can you tell the difference between a simile and a metaphor? Students will seek to distinguish between—and determine the meanings of—simple similes and metaphors with this multiple choice activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Workbook
Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1
Prepare learners for their fifth grade year with the help of this Fifth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 1.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for fifth graders covers the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2
Help budding fourth graders prepare for a new year of learning with the help of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 2.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Workbook
Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet - Week 4
Week 4 of our Fourth Grade Fall Review Packet features five more days of diverse learning activities designed to prepare students for their fourth grade year.
4th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #2
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #2
Worksheet
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #2
Children work with two forms of figurative language in this grammar worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Meaning 1
Word Meaning 1
Guided Lesson
Word Meaning 1
This year, third graders will be taking their vocabulary to new heights and exploring such concepts as metaphor, simile, hyperbole, and personification. This guided lesson in vocabulary and figurative language offers clear and practical definitions of new words and expressions, along with plenty of practice opportunities. Understanding vocabulary and figurative language deepens reading comprehension skills and enriches the writing process.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Workbook
Figurative Language
Descriptive language and metaphoric phrases take the spotlight in this workbook. Kids use new vocabulary and common phrases to tackle writing skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Metaphors 2
Metaphors 2
Exercise
Metaphors 2
Teach students how to use short stories to illustrate a point with this engaging exercise.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Sorting Metaphors
Sorting Metaphors
Game
Sorting Metaphors
Help Muggo sort metaphors in this categorization game.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Review: Metaphors and Similes
Review: Metaphors and Similes
Worksheet
Review: Metaphors and Similes
Learners discover the magic of figurative language in this reading and writing exercise.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphor Sorting in Muggo's Brain
Metaphor Sorting in Muggo's Brain
Game
Metaphor Sorting in Muggo's Brain
Kids help Muggo sort metaphors into emotions, actions, and appearances.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Write Your Own Metaphors
Write Your Own Metaphors
Worksheet
Write Your Own Metaphors
Give kids a chance to think creatively about metaphors by letting them write their own! Students will stretch their imaginations and figurative language skills as they think of ways to describe their class, bedroom, and more.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphors and Similes
Metaphors and Similes
Worksheet
Metaphors and Similes
Children are introduced to Tennyson the Turtle, a reptile who likes to use metaphors and similes, in this appealing worksheet!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Word Meaning 2
Word Meaning 2
Guided Lesson
Word Meaning 2
Words are the wondrous building blocks in language. This unit increases students’ word knowledge by introducing more challenging vocabulary and exploring how words are related. Learners will also discover some of the ways words are constructed using derivational root words, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. Students will get to explore and create fun literary devices such as similes, idioms and metaphors.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Metaphors 1
Metaphors 1
Exercise
Metaphors 1
Students will understand how to identify and use metaphors after they work through this exercise.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Worksheet
Fall Figurative Language Task Cards
Ideal for fourth and fifth graders, this worksheet includes figurative language examples and definitions on the first page, and a second full page of questions and tasks that can be used to check for understanding.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Metaphors
Metaphors
Worksheet
Metaphors
How is a grapefruit like a moon? They are both round! Students will identify which items are being compared in a metaphor, then describe one way they are alike.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Pick a Peck of Poetry
Pick a Peck of Poetry
Workbook
Pick a Peck of Poetry
What's a metaphor? How do you haiku? Kids will hone reading and writing skills with this book, from a simple syllable counting exercise to inventing rhymes and tangling with the Jabberwocky!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Metaphors in Context
Metaphors in Context
Worksheet
Metaphors in Context
Use this activity to help students find and decipher metaphors in the context of short passages. Students will read the passages, record what is being compared in each, and then seek to explain the metaphors' meanings in their own words.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Metaphors Resources

A metaphor is a figure of speech that uses a word or phrase to describe another object or action that is impossible to take literally. Metaphors represent abstract concepts in creative ways. Using metaphors makes writing and speaking more interesting. The resources on this page show how to use figures of speech to call the audience’s attention to your message in a way that literal representations can’t.

Learn More About Metaphors

Metaphors refer to one thing by mentioning another. They connect the subject of a sentence with an adjective or verb that is not directly related, but that has qualities that explain the subject.

When you want to describe something in a more engaging manner, use a metaphor to draw comparisons in your reader or listener’s mind.

Here are several common metaphors, and their meaning:
  • America is a melting pot. = America is a place where many different cultures mix together.
  • Time is money. = When you spend time on something, you could have also made money during that same period of time.
  • She is a night owl. = She is more active at night, like an owl.
There are a few figures of speech similar to metaphors, but that are slightly different.
  • A simile is different from a metaphor in that similes usually use ‘like’ or ‘such as’ to compare two unlike things.
  • An analogy assumes that similar qualities between two things indicate they will agree in other ways.
  • When you employ hyperbole in speech or text, you are exaggerating, but not necessarily comparing two things.
The proper use of a metaphor spices up an otherwise bland statement. While it may seem difficult for a student to wrap their head around metaphors, the Education.com resources above make learning metaphors as easy as pie.