Noting Idioms in Children's Books
I designed these graphic organizers for my students to use with Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker, More Parts, Even More Parts: Idioms from Head to Toe. Majority of my students are ELL (English Language Learners) so they need a lot of ELD instruction in idioms and these books make learning idioms fun for them. Also one of our Common Core Language Standards requires students to know the difference between literal and figurative language which includes idioms.
My students use these graphic organizers to track and define idioms as they come across them when reading. In the graphic organizers all idioms from the books are included where students can write down their meanings. Also included are blank graphic organizers that can be used with any book. Answer Key (definitions) are included for Idioms from Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker but students are encouraged to figure out what idioms might mean using context clues from the story first.
In the case of the Tedd Arnold books: More Parts and Even More Parts, it’s trickier for students to figure out what the idioms mean as the main characters takes all idioms literally and the illustrations show this thinking. In this case as an extension activity students can look up the idioms on the internet if they aren’t sure of their meanings.
Standards addressed in this activity:
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
GRADE 3 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5.a
Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).
GRADE 4 CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5.b or GRADE 5
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs. (same standard for 5th)
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Understanding Idioms, Reading Strategies, ELL, ELD, idioms, reading strategies lesson by Teacher Ms H