Goals: figurative language, multiple meaning words, vocabulary development
Idioms are a way to add color to our language (both written and verbal), extend vocabulary and deepen our understanding of the message. Plus, they’re fun!
For many students, idioms can be confusing especially if they aren’t adept at using contextual cues. Yet a literal interpretation can completely change the message though I wouldn’t lose your head over it!
This packet is designed to help students from grades 2-high school practice figurative language.
First are sets of flashcards with idioms and definitions. The flashcard sets are organized by category type (ex. idioms with color words). Since the flashcards are done in pairs, you can use them for traditional pair games like Memory or Go Figure!, a renaming of Go Fish! for figurative language, or use them as a sorting/matching activity.
(Yes, even older students will play Go Figure! It’s a welcome diversion from typical drill.) Categories/numbers at the top of each card, allow students to check their work during the practice phase and make for easy sorting.
The next section includes worksheets specific to the idiom category. Each category will have one or two specific worksheets to accompany it. Answer keys for worksheets appear immediately following the worksheet itself.
Older students will be particularly interested in the music lyrics activities. Drawing on Top 40 songs from the past 18 months, students will learn a variety of idioms, definitions and have a chance to put their musical expertise on display as they match songs/artists to the lyrics. Get ready to have them show you up! (Don't worry, there's an answer key provided.)
Finally, there are three generic worksheet activities that can be used with any idiom set.
This packet contains over 150 idioms in the following categories: weather, luck, animals, food, feelings, speed, colors, money, body parts and song lyrics. (1/26/2015) BONUS! Cards and activities to address love/hate idioms have been added for Valentine's Day!
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