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Using Pictures to Teach Figurative Language | Digital and Printable



Teach and review figurative language using pictures AND teach students how to apply their skills to short reading passages! With these 15 printable and digital pages, students will have the opportunity to observe a picture and make inferences, ask questions, make predictions, etc., choose a sentence that correctly uses figurative language to describe the picture, write their own examples of figurative language, and find the figurative language in a short passage.

There are THREE printable pages for each skill (a total of 15 pages):

  • Similes
  • Metaphors
  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Idioms

Digital Access Included: There are now TWO options for digital access. The original version that is identical to the printable pages is still included, but this resource now includes a brand new interactive, easy to read and navigate Google Slides version!

There are four components to EACH page of this resource:

Observe It: This section includes the picture with plenty of white space around it. The white space is for students to make literal AND inferential observations. Take as many notes as you can, encourage students to stretch their thinking, and watch their inference skills grow with EVERY picture you observe! Examples of observations are included.

Choose It: In this section, students are required to choose a sentence that using figurative language to describe the picture. BE CAREFUL! These have been designed to include many different types of figurative language AND figurative language that does not make sense in the context of the picture.

Write It: Students get to put their figurative language skills to the test and write their own examples for topics depicted in the picture!

Apply It: This section has a short story that loosely relates to the same topic shown in the picture and requires students to pick out figurative language.

The images print well in black and white. I do encourage you to project or show a color image for students so that they can make even more observations.

I have included an answer key, but PLEASE NOTE: students should be encouraged to come up with their own original answers. Since many of the tasks are open ended, there are many, many justifiable answers. These tasks are meant to encourage kids to think outside the box! You will be amazed at what they come up with.

Also includes a cover page to make this into a practice booklet and additional resource links to several blog posts about using pictures to teach figurative language.

I strongly suggest working through several of these pages as a whole group before allowing students to work independently on them– particularly the “OBSERVE” section.

These printables are perfect for whole group or small group instruction, morning work, literacy centers, and more!

Ideal for Grades 3+

I also use PICTURES to teach READING SKILLS!

I LOVE to incorporate pictures into my reading skill instruction! See MORE Picture Task Cards HERE!

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Main Idea Picture & Text Task Cards

Literal vs. Inferential Picture Task Cards


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