This game can be played when first discussing the meaning of the term "figurative language" to allow students to practice determining if something is figurative or is not figurative OR as a fun pre-assessment of student understanding.
-Students will each draw 1 sentence card without looking at it.
-Once each student has a card, the teacher will say “go” and students will read the phrase on their card.
-Students will stand in front of the poster that shows whether their phrase is figurative or not. It is fun to limit students to 15-20 seconds to make the game more challenging and keep it moving. *In the first round or two, I always allowed students who did not know to stand in the center of the room and we would help them find their place as a class.
-You can then have students check with a partner to see if they are correct AND/OR you can pick students at random to see if they are in the correct spot. Have students be the judge and justify their reasoning using the definition of figurative language.
-Play as many times as you feel is necessary. Playing more than once is ideal because it will allow students to see multiple examples.
***BONUS: ask students to identify what type of figurative language it is AND/OR what the meaning of the phrase is based on context clues.