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Sunday, March 16, 2014

Figurative Language Review

I have been trying to write this post for two weeks now!  Between home, school and a few new products I have been working on, I haven't had a spare second.  So, here it is.  I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking.

I had two class periods to review figurative language before state testing.  We had done several activities with it last year, and I have the same kids this year, but we really needed to work on interpreting it and using context clues to understand it.

We made an anchor chart, and the kids made a foldable from Lovin' Lit's INB Resources.

Figurative Language Anchor Chart
The kids LOVED coming up with their own examples in the orange column.  Some of them stretch it a little bit, but I just love including student examples on anchor charts.

Figurative Language Foldable
Then, I did an activity similar to what we did last year, but I took it a step further.  Last year, we did this, and I blogged about it HERE:

This year, I grabbed some pictures and wrote a few quick sentences that used figurative language to describe what was happening.  They had to sort the figurative language by type, and generate some of their own to describe the picture as well.  I only included Similes, Metaphors, Hyperbole, and Personification in the sort.

Figurative Language Sort

Here are links to each of the pictures to use in your classroom.  It is my understanding that it's okay to use them in your own classroom under the Fair Use rules.  If I'm wrong, someone let me know, and I'll take the links down! :)

Mountain Climbers
Snow Storm Bus Stop
Basketball Game
Monkeys at the Zoo

Here are the sentences I threw together in about 5 minutes that go along with the pictures.  You can download them free HERE!  I recently added a little printable mat to glue the pictures on, too.  Download it HERE.

*Update: I have also started using these sheets to have students practice and perfect their figurative language skills!  It's a great way to scaffold, moving from pictures (like they practiced above) to more complex skills of identifying and creating their own figurative language.  You can grab these Figurative Language with Pictures sheets HERE!

Finally, I had the kids sit in a circle and we passed figurative language task cards around the circle.  Two kids shared theirs, explained what they thought the simile or metaphor meant, passed their cards down two spaces, and then got new cards.  It was a fun, fast way to do a little bit more review.
Figurative Language Task Cards
The cards also have another set that doesn't have the figurative language underlined, which is actually the set we used!  The simile and metaphor task cards are available for $2 at my TpT store HERE OR you can buy my Simile and Metaphor Activity Bundle for $1 more and get these task cards plus tons of other Simile and Metaphor activities!

Happy Teaching! :)


  1. Thank you so much! I saw this on your Face Book post and promptly sent it to my school address. We will be using these this week! I really appreciate you sharing your awesome ideas. Best wishes from Florida!! :)

  2. The sorting by type activity is a great idea!

  3. I love this lesson! Could you post a link to the foldable activity? I have the foldable itself, but I can't tell how it was used. Thanks so much!

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  5. I love your figurative language anchor chart that I saw on Pinterest, but it isn't loading in a separate window for me. Is there any way you could repost it or email it to me? I'd love to have a printed copy. Thanks so much

  6. Great ideas & resources to go with the activities! To differentiate, I think I'm only going to provide the pre-made sentences to my kids who need the extra support and let those who need a little more challenge write their own sentences using figurative language. Thanks so much!

  7. LOVE this! Was just getting ready to search for ideas for teaching/reviewing figurative language and I knew you'd be my first, and only stop!

    Thanks for sharing!

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