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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


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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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Grades   3 – 12  |  Calendar Activity  |  February 14

Valentine's Day is today!

Students find examples of figurative language and write an original example of each device, illustrate, and share them with the class.


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Grades   4 – 8  |  Activity & Project

Unveiling Idioms: A Game of Concentration

Brainstorm popular expressions with friends and family, then explore their meanings through game play and writing/drawing/cut-and-paste activities.


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