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Idioms, A Little Monkey Business

Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
Idioms, A Little Monkey Business
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Idioms are part of our speaking, writing and reading lives. Students need to learn the meaning of commonly used idioms. The idioms I've chosen are the ones seen and heard often in the literature and conversations students encounter.

The first two idiom activities are used with the book Monkey Business by Wallace Edwards and you will need that book for the first two activities.

Activity 1--students first write what they think an idiom from the book means. Then there is space to write the real meaning of the idiom after a page from the book is read and shared.

Activity 2 is a set of task cards with 24 of the 25 idioms from the book. Students read a sentence with the idiom and then choose the meaning of the idiom.

The third and fourth activity use idioms from every day language and do not need the book by Wallace Edwards.

Activity 3--students make a mini-book with 28 common idioms and their real meanings.

Activity 4 is a set of task cards with the same 28 idioms so students can have a little more practice with understanding idioms.

There are a total of 52 idioms in this packet (24 from the book Monkey Business in activities 1 and 2 and 28 commonly used idioms in activities 3 and 4.)

monkey business
on the ball
snug as a bug in a rug
let the cat out of the bag
a bull in a china shop
open a can of worms
rise to the occasion
show your true colors
sweet tooth
laid it on the line
dog-eat-dog world
lock horns
sink his teeth into
put his best foot forward
can't make heads or tails out of
playing cat and mouse
lucky duck
a lot on his mind
whale of a ride
wolf in sheep's clothing
fish out of water
spring chicken
draw things to a close
a piece of cake
it's in the bag
get cold feet
I'm all ears
out of the blue
hit the road
goose is cooked
cat got your tongue
put a bug in his ear
hold your horses
give someone the cold shoulder
draw a blank
raining cats and dogs
time flew by
spill the beans
pig out
the icing on the cake
in a pickle
easy as pie
frog in my throat
pitch in
a full plate
not lift a finger
get your act together
head in the clouds
under the weather
heart of gold
drop of a hat

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