This is a great activity to get students to write their own sentences AND correctly identify what type of sentence they have written. You can extend the activity by having the students draw a picture of what they look like with all of these characteristics.
It can be tough teaching figurative language! Some students just don’t get it, but these posters make it a bit more fun! They realize that the words don’t really make sense, so then they can learn the true meaning!
The posters below were drawn by students to play on words of similes, metaphors, analogies, cliches, and other forms of figurative language.
the homework was as easy as ABC – my friends are going bananas
break the ice
hit the road
in the doghouse
tough as nails
bite the dust
take the bull by the horns
hit the jackpot
The kiddos had a lot of fun with this!
Here is a free quiz I created to help see whether or not your students understand figurative language. It can be a great pre- or post-assessment. There are two quizzes to choose from. Click on the picture below to get your FREE copy directly from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Another activity I have done with my students to help them differentiate between similes and metaphors is the Self-Portrait. They need to write about their eyes, nose, mouth, ears, and cheeks. They also need to identify whether they have written a simile or a metaphor.
Click on the picture below to get your FREE copy from Teachers Pay Teachers.
If you are looking for even more great figurative language activities, here’s my suggestion to you. Rachel Lynette at Minds in Bloom has a wonderful 40-page Figurative Language activity in her Teachers Pay Teachers store. It is priced, but I own it and find it VERY worthwhile. Click on the picture below to go directly to the product page if you are interested.
What other suggestions do YOU have to help teach figurative language?