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's what we did for our figurative language review. I'm going to let the pictures do most of the talking.
I had two class periods for 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.
Updated 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.
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:
Figurative Language Sorts
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.
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! 🙂
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.
Using Pictures To Teach Figurative Language
*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!
Figurative Language Flipbook
This digital or printable flipbook helps students review the seven types of figurative language through the use of stories and images.
On the left side of each section of the flipbook, students review the definition of the specific type of figurative language and complete a brief activity using pictures and sentences. On the right-hand side of each section, there is a carefully crafted story that uses each of the specific types of figurative language. Within the story, students must identify as many examples of the figurative language as possible… HERE IS THE REALLY FUN PART! All five of the stories go together to tell one long tale. Students should complete the entire resource over the course of several days.
Figurative Language Task Cards
Finally, I had the kids sit in a circle and we passed figurative language review 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.
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! 🙂