Figurative Language Sort Activities

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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31 pages
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Want an engaging figurative language review activity? This figurative language sort is the perfect engaging activity to review figurative language! Students must read the sentence on each card, and sort it into the correct figurative language category.

This figurative language sort includes:

  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Idiom
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Color and black and white versions of the activity
  • Student answer sheets
  • Answer keys

Three versions of this figurative language review are included:

Option 1: Use the types of figurative language “pockets” to glue on to folders, or display on the board, around the room, etc. Have students sort the examples of figurative language into each pocket.

Option 2: Use the types of figurative language headings to attach to the board, on a table, etc. and have students place the examples of figurative language underneath.

Option 3: Use this as an interactive notebook practice activity. Students will glue the pockets down in their notebook or on a piece of paper and sort the examples of figurative language into each pocket independently.

This figurative language sort is perfect for review, early finisher activity, test prep, or center activity! Minimal prep and maximum engagement! 

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⭐ A fourth grade teacher said, “I loved using this resource to review figurative language. The students enjoyed sorting the figurative language examples, and I love that they were able to use the sort repeatedly in their interactive notebook.” 

⭐ A fifth grade teacher said, “My students loved it! Easy to follow and very engaging!”

⭐ An elementary teacher said, “My students loved this activity. It really helped them get a hang of the differences between the types of figurative language. I love that several can fit into different columns. This created interesting conversations in class.”

Total Pages
31 pages
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Explain major differences between poems, drama, and prose, and refer to the structural elements of poems (e.g., verse, rhythm, meter) and drama (e.g., casts of characters, settings, descriptions, dialogue, stage directions) when writing or speaking about a text.
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.


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