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Figurative Language: Teaching Idioms

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Figurative Language: Teaching Idioms

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Three 45-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Henry, Ph.D.

Lexington, Kentucky


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

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  • In a Pickle and Other Funny Idioms by Marvin Terban (Houghton Mifflin, 1983)

  • More Parts by Tedd Arnold (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2001)

  • Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms by Marvin Terban (Scholastic, 1998)

  • Drawing paper, colored pencils, crayons, and markers

  • Multiple computers with Internet access


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Eye on Idioms

Grades   3 – 5  |  Student Interactive  |  Learning About Language

Eye on Idioms

The activity includes a series of exercises, in which students view the literal representations of idioms and then examine the metaphorical meanings of the idioms.


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