This is a new idea I had for helping students understand the relationship between similes and metaphors. My students were struggling with the concept of "like" and "as...as" for simile. Most wanted to say things like "I like football". So, a teacher and I thought that having them match cards or words for similes would be helpful so that they could practice putting the phrases together.
I have not used this file, but will be in the next few days (August 13). I will update this description if I have any advice for use of materials.
A directions page.
45 puzzles pieces
15 - subjects
15 - like or as pieces
15 - characteristic pieces
Simile Recording sheet (run front/back)
Make it a Metaphor Recording Sheet
How to use:
Put students in groups (preferably have some who are understanding similes with some who are not)
Cut out the puzzle pieces and have students mix them up.
Allow students time to create similes using the puzzle pieces (multiple answers are expected)
Students record their similes on the Simile Recording sheet and must give a brief explanation of what the simile means.
For an extension activity, students can choose 5 of their similes and change them into a metaphor by removing the words "like a" or "as .... as" . This will help students understand how similes and metaphors are alike and different.
Please leave feedback on how this worked for your class. Any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as this is a new idea for this concept. If it works, I may add other puzzle games for other figurative language types.