This small-group group figurative language game (part of my Figurative Language Resource Bundle
) will help students become more familiar with the idioms they encounter in reading. The file includes five pages of idiom slips and one page with game rules. To play the game, one student pulls an idiom slip from a cup, and that student has to get others in his/her group to guess the correct idiom by telling them synonyms, antonyms, context, and/or examples. Everyone takes a turn, and everyone gets exposed to a bunch of idioms. (It's like charades, but with words.)
My seventh graders LOVE this figurative language game because they get to play in groups, they get to be loud, and of course they get to talk about goofy-sounding idioms. Whenever I say we are going to play a game, they always ask for this one.
**I highly recommend letting students see the master list of idioms before playing this game. I always put it on the smart board, so that way they can ask me about any they aren't familiar with. After all, the whole point is for them to learn new idioms! They get surprisingly into this part; sometimes we almost run out of time to play because they are so interested in asking about the idioms. Win!
I love to use this game as an end-of-class activity when we've finished our work, and it also works well as an ELA center or station!
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