My students enjoy playing these activities as they expand their vocabulary using figurative expressions. I love to get students out of their seats for classroom activities (at least for a little while.) The first activity is a perfect example.
Objective: Students will be able to match and state the meanings of
figurative expressions and apply knowledge in real world
Activity #1: A Lucky Match
Randomly distribute the fourteen pair of pot of gold
cards (idioms) and the leprechaun hat cards (the literal
meaning). Tell the students that they must find their
“idiom partner” by reading their card and locating the
matching number. Once everyone has found their
partner, each team reads what’s on their cards.
Discuss each card with a possible situation for
real life connections.
Activity #2: Pot of Gold Concentration
Use the pot of gold and hat cards in a game of
concentration for additional practice.
Activity #3: The Luck of the Irish
Use this game board with the shamrock cards ( see
directions for game) This is a great activity to observe
if students understand the literal meaning of the idiom
Follow-up worksheet - Students write and illustrate an idiom and
complete the worksheet by stating its literal