Incorporate a brain break into your ELA block, story time, or anytime your students need to stretch and refocus. Owl Moon by Jane Yolen is a wonderful story, rich in figurative language, where a young child goes owling with her Pa. There are several examples of similes, metaphors, and personifications throughout the story. Your students can do poses relating to several of these examples of figurative language. Do tree pose to illustrate "The trees stood still as giant statues." Do half moon pose to illustrate "The moon made his face into a silver mask." And so many more!
Students can also complete a written activity where they are asked to identify a phrase as a simile, metaphor, or personification, as well as write their own example. Use it as a whole group review or as an informal assessment.
The Boardmaker pictures can be easily displayed on an interactive white board or document camera and are appropriate and accessible for students of all abilities and across multiple grade levels.