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Fifth graders complete a worksheet. In this figurative language lesson, 5th graders review the definition of metaphors and provide examples. Students learn about similes and the use of figurative language. Students read a poem and identify the metaphors and similes present.
Build the basis for critical thinking by increasing mastery of metaphors, similes, and analogies. Clear up the confusion that often marks lessons on figurative langauge. A very insightful article, full of great links.
Second graders explore similes. In this figurative language lesson, 2nd graders read the book Quick As A Cricket and choose a simile to illustrate.
Students review basic knowledge of similes and engage with similes on a more abstract level. In this similes lesson, students define similes and identify examples. Students read and analyze the similes used in poetry by Derricotte, Frost, and Wordsworth. Students create their own similes and keep a journal of the similes and metaphors they find in literature.
Students identify similes in Geronimo Stilton books, and demonstrate their understanding of similes by writing their own. They recognize the characteristics of similes before applying them to aspects of their own lives.
What is a simile? What is a metaphor? How are both of these different? First, discuss the difference between the two terms, and then have your emerging writers practice identifying sentences that use either literary device. They are also provided with short phrases such as "As heavy as..." and they must think of a good word to complete the phrase.
Students engage in a lesson about metaphor and simile while using them in different contexts. They are asked to share some samples that are designed by them to other members of the class. Students practice writing them with the help of the teacher.
If you're beginning The Odyssey and would like to address figurative language and basic story elements, this resource could be useful. Over the course of two days, class members identify the main events, explore characters, identify figurative language, create their own similes, and write and illustrate a children's book version of a section of the poem. The resource also includes goals, objectives, and suggestions for assessments.
Amy Tan uses vivid figurative language to deepen and enrich her writing. Use the fifth of ten lessons on The Joy Luck Club to demonstrate the impact of figurative language, particularly similes and metaphors, on plot and character. Young writers emulate Tan's language by writing a simile or metaphor for something from nature, an emotion, and the description of someone they know. After reading the next two chapters for homework, have your class discuss the image of a ghost as it relates to the story.
A simile is like a song and curriculum is food for the brain. Challenge your class to figure out the definitions of simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, and onomatopoeia from the clues given in the poem "A Simile is Like a Song." Consider this as an activity during which learners feel no pressure to be right while they try to puzzle out the definitions.
After studying metaphors in written text, transfer your learners' knowledge to song! Have each learner bring in a song that uses metaphors and/or similes, and play these examples for the class. Can the other learners identify the metaphors/ similes in each song? Consider only playing a 30-second clip of each song so that all models can be included.
It only takes 90 seconds for this student to explain the differences between a simile and a metaphor. He gives examples of different phrases, along with helpful definition.
Teaching young learners about similes is easy as pie with this primary grade language arts instructional activity. Following a class reading of the children's book, Quick as a Cricket by Audrey Wood, young readers learn the definition of a simile as they look at the numerous examples presented in the story. Children then apply this new writing technique to create mini booklets that include five similes describing their own character traits. To support young writers with this activity, consider providing sentence frames that can be used when developing original similes. This fun activity is bound to engage children as they learn about this common form of figurative language.
The class defines similes after creating a KWL chart about them. Groups rotate through a series of stations in which they creatively complete similes. They create a picture booklet that contains similes. However, the booklet topic and attached materials are snowflake themed, so if you live where it doesn't snow, try to choose a more relevant theme.
Investigate with your class how similes are figures of speech that use the words as and like as visual terms. They use this knowledge to complete a worksheet where they write some similes of their own. Be sure to download the attached file "Similar Similes Teacher Introduction Lesson..." featured at the bottom of the page.
Fourth graders view song lyrics and identify similes in the song text. In this similes instructional activity, 4th graders define and identify similes on a worksheet. Students write their own similes using various adjectives.
Tenth graders explore the use of extended similes in writing. They analyze Jamaica Kincaid's, "Annie John" for use of extended similes. They develop criteria for effective similes and edit prior work to include them.
Third graders create their own stories, poems, and songs using similes.
Students create a pumpkin shape book that contains three similes describing a pumpkin. Using Microsoft Paint, they draw a pumpkin on the computer and copy their similes into PowerPoint software.