Idioms can make a story more interesting and add humor, creating a strong writer's voice. How can you explain idioms to younger children and ESL students? My Common Core aligned Power Point explains some basic idioms and gives examples for how they are used in the English language. Common Core standard ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 states that by third grade students should be able to understand and use figurative language. You will "go bananas" for this resource. Students will enjoy the illustrations to go with each idiom.