Idioms

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If figurative language makes your kids feel blue or under the weather, use an activity focused on idioms to help them feel on top of the world. Kids complete a chart with seven idiomatic phrases, adding the meaning of each along with an example sentence using the idiom correctly.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Add to a homework packet for language arts
  • Have kids walk around the room to ask each other for help when filling in the chart
  • See if kids can illustrate pictures for the figurative meaning of the idiom, as the literal meaning is shown on the worksheet
  • Encourage kids to think of additional idioms, and to draw both meanings for what they come up with
  • Use popular picture books to teach about idioms
Classroom Considerations

  • Pictures are in color, and printing in black and white may affect understanding as some of the idioms are specific to color
  • English learners may have a hard time defining each phrase as there are no context clues (pictures simply show the literal meaning of each phrase)
Pros

  • Comes with an answer key, which is a great reference sheet by itself
  • Prompts kids to think critically about the expressions they read or have heard in their lives
Cons

  • None
Common Core