Figurative Language Sort Activities

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Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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31 pages
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Engaging resource! My students love interactive notebooks and really enjoy using them. This was a perfect fit for my class. Thank you!


Looking for an engaging, hands-on figurative language review activity? Download my Figurative Language Sort Activities for no-prep practice your students will love! Students read the figurative language example on the provided cards and sort it into the correct category. This activity is perfect for fast finishers, full class review, test prep, stations, and more.

With this flexible resource, you'll get 24 figurative language review cards with 3 ways to use the activity. Black-and-white cards are included if you'd like your students to add a little color. Your students will love this kinesthetic figurative language activity!

This Resource Includes:

⇔ 24 Figurative Language Review Cards (PDF, Color + Black & White)

⇔ 6 Heading Options to Use 3 Different Ways (Pockets, Headings, Interactive Notebook)

⇔ Blank Answer Sheets

⇔ Answer Key

Figurative Language Covered: Simile, Metaphor, Personification, Hyperbole, Idiom, Onomatopoeia

THREE Ways to Teach:

  • 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.

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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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