Poetry and Figures of Speech Freebie Game

Grade Levels
4th - 6th, Homeschool
Formats Included
  • PDF
8 pages


I use this figures of speech and poetic devices activity on a half day of school before a holiday or on a day when my schedule is disrupted, and I need a filler activity that has some substance to it.

The students read picture books and locate examples of figures of speech or poetic devices. They record any examples they find on a chart. The students are then paired and play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. Instead of marking an X or O, they write a quote and label it with the correct name of the figure of speech or poetic device. 3 across wins!

This is a great way to reinforce figurative language (CC L.5). Game includes alliteration, personification, onomatopoeia, simile, metaphor, repetition, and rhyming. It could be adapted to include any figure of speech you study in your classroom.

Lesson Includes:
Suggested Picture Book List
Tic Tac Toe Quote Page
2 Tic Tac Toe Board Variations
4 Options for Game Play

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figures of speech, poetry terms, poetic devices, poetry, games
Total Pages
8 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.


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