Figurative language is such a big concept in Common Core and probably in your state standards as well (if you haven’t already made the switch). However, it seems no matter how much we go through them, students struggle to recall what each one is called or they flat out confuse all of them!
A few years ago I created some basic figurative language worksheets that have served me well in grades 3-6. This year they were used as introductory lessons for my 6th graders, but they’ve been great final quizzes for my 3rd graders!
I typically introduce similes and metaphors first because it seems those are the two types of figurative language we use most often. The students were asked to write examples about themselves. You can see some of them below.
One part of the worksheet asks students to draw a picture illustrating themselves based on the figurative language they used. Due to time restraints, this was an optional activity this year – but several students enjoyed the drawing!
You can get your free copy here or by clicking on the picture below. It is listed on TpT.
Another activity I’ve done that covers a few more types of figurative language are these two quizzes. They are extremely basic, but they review metaphors, similes, personifications, alliteration, and onomatopoeia. There are two worksheets to choose from. One is all matching, while the other is matching and creating their own examples. Get it from TpT by clicking here or on the picture below.
I’d like to end with a question for you. In my experience, teachers typically cover figurative language toward the end of the year (February-May). What have you seen? I’m actually considering starting the year with figurative language next year because there are so many fun activities to do with it that I think will get the students engaged and excited about reading and writing.