Students use decoder keys to uncover the "Words of Wisdom" in common proverbs (e.g. "You reap what you sow."), then engage more deeply with the meaning of the metaphors using the included "thinking sheets," or group discussion prompts.
Use to support understanding of figurative language and metaphors; the content can also tie nicely with SEL / social and emotional learning topics in the middle grades, or as practice asking students to take a stand and justify or refute a position (see included thinking prompts).
The download includes instructor notes, thinking sheet template, discussion prompts, full- and half-page decoder templates, and five proverb puzzlers:
- “A large chair does not make a king.”
- “You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.”
- “A rolling stone gathers no moss.”
- “You reap what you sow.”
- “Every path has a puddle.”