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Learn about the literal and figurative meanings of idioms with these 30 popular sayings! Students must draw a representation of the literal and figurative meaning of the idiom they receive. Each page includes an idiom, an explanation, and origin. Students love drawing the silly pictures and learning about the quirky origins of these sayings. This is a great activity to introduce idioms. It is also a great end of the year activity. I use these after state tests to give my students a brain break.
I usually pass out a different idiom to each student and give them a few minutes to ask around to see if anyone wants to trade. I also have students present their idioms and tell about the origins to the class! This is a print and go activity!
*Also, every time I do this I am amazed at how many of these phrases are unfamiliar to my students. Let's do our part to keep these historic and quirky idioms alive!
30 Idioms Included:
Raining cats and dogs, show up with bells on, once in a blue moon, head in the clouds, braking up the wrong tree, biting off more than you can chew, in stitches, to butter someone up, let the cat out of the bag, eyes bigger than your stomach, jump on the band wagon, getting long in the tooth, sleep tight, tie the knot, to get cold feet, hit the road, wear your heart on your sleeve, drop a dime, hit the hay, the last straw, a piece of cake, on the fence, under the weather, extend the olive branch, right under your nose, on the same page, in a pickle, and break the ice.