Here is a simple list of 21 idioms for which learners are supposed to write the figurative meanings. I'd extend it to include either drawing pictures or group discussions to build meaning rather than just assigning it as individual work.
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When Pigs Fly: A Lesson Plan on Idioms
Not to keep you on pins and needles, but don't jump the gun on this idiom resource. Instead, keep from barking up the wrong tree by previewing the entire resource before beginning. The detailed instructions make presenting the activity a...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Examining idioms is a peace of cake when using this graphic organizer! Here, grammarians identify an idiom and use it in a sentence. Then they investigate its literal meaning versus its figurative meaning, and accompany each one with a...
3rd - 6th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable