This set of 13 slides (totaling 20 puzzles and one slide with 2 blank puzzles and 2 slides of a list of common idioms) is designed to help children understand that figurative language is not literal.
Each complete puzzle includes a figurative expression, matched to a literal picture clue, matched to the inferred meaning sentence.
Three of the slides have one puzzle without a picture. Children can be given these puzzles to create a picture that depicts the literal meaning of the described figurative expression.
The last slide is blank altogether so the teacher can make copies and have children choose a figurative expression of their own, draw a literal picture and write the inferred meaning in a sentence. Refer to the list of common idioms provided--choose a few that the students can choose from to create their own puzzles.
After all puzzles are complete, cut along the rectangular perimeter, laminate the puzzles as rectangles, THEN cut the individual pieces out. This allows for durability.
This activity can be used as a mini-lesson to idioms/figurative language or an enhancer for a writing lesson.
Puzzles are completed for the following idioms:
We're back to square one.
He hit the nail on the head.
She saw red.
It's raining cats and dogs.
He's lost his marbles.
You're the apple of my eye.
Zip your lip.
She was broken hearted.
That's a sharp tie.
He's in the dog house.