Figurative Language Interactive Bulletin Board

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Miss 5th
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4th - 8th
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*Last update: 2/5/22

Motivate your young scholars to look for examples of figurative language while reading literature! They can look and listen for these examples during whole class reading, partner reading, silent reading, and read-aloud! Your students will love “hunting” for figurative language while they read.

Have your students complete this board for:

-AN ASSIGNMENT: Give your students a certain number of examples they need to find throughout your figurative language unit. You could also give them a certain number of the figurative language squares, and they must use them all in the designated amount of time. My students have a month to try to find ONE of each type of figurative language. Most of my students typically find 2x or 3x that amount though!

-A CHALLENGE: Challenge your students to complete as many as possible.

-FUN: No obligations are tied to the board. Students just complete the board for enjoyment and the thrill of finding figurative language while reading.

What’s in this Product:

*A non-editable PDF

*Printable directions

*8 different figurative language posters (a different shape for each example: metaphor, simile, onomatopoeia, alliteration, assonance, idiom, personification, and hyperbole)

*Square slips for your students to record their examples on. (Your students can stick them to your board with tape or staples. I have my students cut them out before placing them on the board.

*Tracking Sheets for teacher

*Figurative Language board letters

How it Works:

-Introduce the board to your students. I introduced this board to my students after learning the different examples of figurative language. It’s a wonderful way to end our unit. You could also complete the board DURING your figurative language unit. For example, after teaching similes, place the Simile poster on the board and call for students to spend the next few days looking for similes while they read. Then repeat for each figurative language.

-Instruct students on how to interact with the board. They are to look and listen for examples of figurative language during reading or while listening to reading. If they come across an example, they can come up and grab the appropriate square. Each type of figurative language has its own unique shape, and I make sure they are color-coded, to. I print enough so that my students have one of each example in their own envelope they keep in their desks. You could also keep them in pockets or folders for the students to grab when they’re ready. They then write the example on their square, making sure to record where they found it. You could also have them write the date and their name if you want. 

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