Use this fun and engaging idiom lesson with your students!
Everything is bundled together in a Smart Notebook lesson.
First the students will learn the definition of an idiom and look at examples. (I always review the difference between the words literal and figurative first.)
Next, have your students look for idioms that were used in the story you are working on in your literature textbook. (Any text rich in idiom use will work.)
Then the students will learn new idioms while moving through 6 center rotations. (You can modify the number of rotations if needed.) While moving through the centers, students will be adding information to their Idiom Mini Books. I have included a visual set of directions for making a mini book or you can choose any other format---flipbooks, chart paper, larger booklets, etc.
For each rotation, I have categorized the idioms as follows:
1. animal idioms
2. food idioms
3. number idioms
4. five senses idioms
5. color idioms
6. heart idioms
I have inserted the word document link on my smart board page which includes a list of idioms for each category. Have these printed out and laminated on card stock.
For each rotation, students will read the list of idioms, choose one to write on a page in the booklet, draw a literal picture, and write the hidden meaning. (Since students may not know the meaning of a particular idiom, you may want to have an idiom dictionary pulled up on your computer.) I have an example of what the pages in the mini book will look like on the smart board page.
The last page of the smart board lesson is a closing activity. My students keep an interactive notebook where we have already done some work with the different types of figurative language. I will direct them to answer the question "Why do you think writers use idioms in their text?" in the interactive notebook page for idioms.
This activity can be done in however many days you want as outlined OR you can choose to assign 6 groups to work with only one category instead and then come back and share with the whole group.
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