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What is figurative language? Introduce your young learners to the most popular forms of figurative language: the simile and the metaphor. Start by reading "Willow and Ginkgo" by Eve Merriam, and identify where similes are used. Then look at the definition of a metaphor and the examples provided. Before completing the two practice opportunities provided, use a piece of paper divided into four sections to reinforce your new knowledge of similes and metaphors. Directions are included in the plan.
Increase comprehension, vocabulary, and an understanding of the Gold Rush. The class identifies story structure traits while reading The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. They locate similes used in the book, research an invention from the 1800's, and post a picture on the class timeline. They build domain specific language regarding simple machines, gold mining, and early Californian history.
Similes are a great way to get your writers thinking about descriptive details. They read a brief explanation which covers clichés and the general wording of a simile. Then, learners try a few on their own. First, they complete nine sentences comparing adjectives. Next, they complete three sentences with similes for verbs. Finally, they do the same comparing nouns. There is an example for each part of speech to guide students, but the fun part about this is how varied your answers will be. Encourage them to use their imagination!
Pupils examine poetry to identify the use of metaphors and similes after the teacher defines what they are. They decide how they can use similes and metaphors to describe different pieces of fruit. Finally, they write poetry about the inside and outside of pieces of fruit using their senses, similes and metaphors.
Discuss the work of Matthew Henson, an African American who traveled to the North Pole with Robert Peary. After reading the story "Matthew Henson" by Maryann N. Weidt, learners answer questions by drawing inferences and conclusions, paraphrasing, and identifying figurative language such as similes. This is an excellent lesson.