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Economics Fun - Idioms -
Economics Fun – Idioms
Here’s a fun way to integrate language into Social Studies and math. These 17 idioms are common phrases in English that can be tricky for language learners and young children. These template pages use very little graphics, so that students may create their own connections through illustrations.
Each idiom comes in three versions for students to illustrate:
1. Idiom alone
2. Idiom, meaning and sample sentence
3. Idiom, meaning and place for student made sentences
1. Pinch Pennies
2. Penny for your thoughts
3. Cost a Pretty Penny
4. Feel like a million bucks
5. Phony as a $3 bill
6. A dime a dozen
7. Time is money *
8. Strike it rich
9. Pick up the tab
10. Pay through the nose *
11. Pay an arm and a leg
12. On the house *
13. Burning a hole in my pocket *
14. Money doesn’t grow on trees
15. Blank check
16. From rags to riches *
17. Penny saved is a penny earned **
• Idioms featured in extended writing prompt version with graphic organizers
** This saying is included in the Economic Quotes writing package and the Economics bundle
1. Choose an “idiom of the week” during a money, economics or Great Depression unit, or several a day.
2. Copy them 4 to a page (¼ size) to glue into journals or portfolios – this is especially helpful to send home for English language learning families.
3. Choose 3-4 kids at a time to stand up front and pantomime while you explain the meaning of the idiom and give an example scenario.
4. Give each pair or team 1 whole sheet to illustrate. Leave the finished posters up until the unit is done. (How about giving posters away as prizes?)
5. Later – assign an idiom per team and let them have 1 minute to act it out for the rest of the class to decipher which idiom they had.
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