Figurative Language Task Cards - Passages, Graphic Organizers & Questions

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Similes, Metaphors, Idioms, Oh My! Figurative language is so much fun to teach and for students to learn. I love seeing the light bulb go off when kids discover the hidden meaning behind some common examples of figurative language. These figurative language task cards & reading passages will help your students practice identifying and interpreting figurative language!  

Each short figurative langauge passage includes multiple examples of figurative language and helps students see why the author chose to include it in the text.

Be sure to check out the preview to see pictures and learn more about what is included in this resource.

These task cards address the following types of figurative language:

  • Metaphors
  • Similes
  • Idioms
  • Hyperbole
  • Personification
  • Onomatopoeia

If you LOVE this resource, you should check out this growing bundle of reading task cards.

What's Included?

This resource includes 24 reading task cards. Each task card contains a short reading passage (half a page) and includes a variety of printing options so you can find the exact format that will work for your students' needs.

Option 1: Just the Text

  • You can print the task cards with just the text. This is a great option if you want to use these reading passages to teach something other than figurative language or if you plan on using them in a traditional task card way.
  • There are all three different student response sheets included that you can pair with the task cards.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides.

Option 2: Text & Graphic Organizer

  • This option needs to be printed front and back.
  • One one side students have the reading passage (same as option 1), and on the back there is a graphic organizer to help them think about the figurative language included in the text.
  • This is a great option to help students organize their thinking about the text and to learn strategies that will help them understand figurative language.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides

Option 3: Text & Reading Response Questions

  • This option needs to be printed front and back.
  • One side students have the reading passage (same as option 1), and on the other side there is a set of text-based comprehension questions and a space for a sticky note so they can "stop-and-jot" while they read the text.
  • There is also a digital version included created Google Slides

*Each option also includes a digital version created using Google Slides so you can use this resource no matter what your teaching situation looks like.

How Can I Use This Resource?

There are TONS of ways you can use this resource in your classroom.

  • Print the task cards on cardstock and use them in a literacy center to help your students identify and interpret figurative language.
  • Use the task card passages as part of your strategy group or small group instruction. They are short and focused and are the perfect small group teaching tool.
  • Make a copy of 1-2 of the task cards and give to students are part of your warm-up, morning work, or homework.
  • Use as a quick assessment at the end of your lesson or unit on figurative language.
  • Use for ANY READING COMPREHENSION instruction - while these task cards are perfect for teaching figurative language, you can also use them to teach a variety of comprehension skills.


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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.
Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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