Understanding idiomatic expressions facilitates comprehension since students tend to interpret language literally. Idioms should be formally taught for several reasons. Students are less exposed to figurative language than in the past, and idioms are especially confusing to English language learners. In addition, idioms illustrate the richness and cultural diversity of our language.
The 18 sets cover 180 idioms. Each set has 10 sentences with a word or words underlined. Students use contextual clues to decide which idiom can be substituted, then match the pairs. The origin of each idiom is written underneath. Finding out how these colorful sayings became part of the English vernacular is interesting and should aid comprehension.
PDF pages are designed to be printed on 8.5 x 11 inch sheets. Cover-weight paper in a variety of colors is available at office supply stores or online. Lamination is recommended if you want your materials to last.
All Reading Manipulatives pieces have a code that is used for maintaining set integrity and student recordkeeping. Checklists are provided for tracking the materials that have been completed. Put student sets in zipper bags. Answer keys can be kept in the bags or stored separately.
As an alternative to manipulatives, the 18 pages of idioms could be used as worksheets. Ask students to draw lines from each idiom in the second column to the sentence that matches in the first column, then to write each idiom in a sentence. Encourage students to find examples of idioms in print and to use idioms in their assignments. Having an idiom of the day, which students must use at least once, can also expand student knowledge and make them more apt to use idioms in writing and conversation.
A resource list containing an alphabetical listing of the 180 idioms used in this product, along with meanings and origins, is included. This is a valuable aid for planning idiom extension activities.
Contents: 18 sets containing 10 idioms with meanings and sentences to match
Common Core ELA Standards: RL.4.4, RL.5.4, RL.6.4, RL.7.4, RL.8.4, L.4.5, L.4.5b, L.5.5, L.5.5b, L.6.5, L.6.5a