Figurative Language Review Activity & Worksheets

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Similes, Metaphors, and Idioms, Oh My! Do your students struggle to understand the meaning behind figurative language phrases? This resource will give your students practice reading and understanding common examples of figurative language. This product gives your students a figurative language example to study each week. In just a few minutes every day, students will engage in quick yet powerful tasks that will help them be able to identify different types of figurative language, understand the meaning of the phrases, and learn how to use figurative language in their writing.


This Figurative Language of the Week set includes the following resources for 40 weeks worth of figurative language practice. 

  • 40 figurative language example cards (8 examples of each: simile, metaphor, idiom, hyperbole, personification)
  • Powerpoint presentation to display the weekly example (includes black and white and color)
  • Full page student recording sheet
  • Half page student recording sheet and cover to turn into a figurative language booklet
  • Teacher Guide/Answer Key
  • Digital Version created using Google Slides

The examples in this set are perfect for 3rd-5th grade students. Check out the preview for a full list of the figurative language examples included in this resource. 


These activities are perfect to use in your Daily 5 word work center, as part of your morphology study or in any type of literacy center for upper elementary students. They can also best be used for morning work, distance learning, early finishers, or substitutes. Here are some other ideas for how you can use this resource:

  • Use it whole group as part of your morning meeting or reading warm-up
  • Use it during small group instruction for students who need extra practice with greek and latin root words
  • Incorporate it into your spiral review or test prep practice
  • Give to students as a “end of day” activity to keep them engaged while students pack up


Students will engage with the weekly figurative language example in the following ways:

  • Monday – Students read the figurative language example in the context of 2-3 sentences. They identify the type of figurative language and make a prediction about what it means.
  • Tuesday – students can use a variety of resources to figure out what the figurative language phrase actually means.
  • Wednesday – Students dig deeper and explain the clues that help them identify the type of figurative language and explain why the author might use this phrase in their writing.
  • Thursday – Students draw a picture or symbol that shows the figurative or literal meaning of the phrase.
  • Friday – Students create their own figurative language example.


Your students will love how fun and engaging the daily tasks are. They will enjoy digging deep into the study of a specific figurative language phrase they might not understand. 

You’ll love how quick and easy this routine is. It will take just a few minutes out of your instructional day but will have a huge impact on your students’ vocabulary and comprehension. 

Your students will love building confidence with figurative language. After a few weeks of doing this weekly routine, your students will start to feel more confident in their ability to determine the meaning of figurative language phrases they may see in their independent reading. 

You’ll love how independent your students will be with this routine. Students can easily complete this routine on their own which makes it great for literacy centers, workstations, or as part of your morning routine. 


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Lindsey H. said, “Figurative Language can be very hard for third graders! Reviewing examples daily builds their confidence and supports using context clues! They are excited to explain what it doesn't mean!”

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amy F.. said, “I had to teach a lesson for a job interview and used this for part of the lesson. I then was asked for the resources for the lesson because the other teachers enjoyed it so much!” 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Veronica L. said, “This is going to be perfect for my ELLs! I wanted to find a way to throw in more figurative language, and this is great for them and the whole class.”

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Purchase the Vocabulary Activities Bundleto get this set plus weekly routines to help teach Greek & Latin Roots, Prefixes & Suffixes, Context Clues, and Homophones. 


Greek & Latin Roots Vocabulary Bundle

Figurative Language Vocabulary Bundle

Context Clues (3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade) Bundle


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Total Pages
79 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Year
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings.
Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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