February 5, 2014

Figurative Language with 3 Freebies

I'm super excited that I get to link up with Jivey today to share a couple of my favorite ELA mini-lessons.

I actually really enjoy teaching figurative language because I get to incorporate so many fun activities. To start, I always do a mini-lesson using none other than Miss Amelia Bedelia.

Even my eighth graders love to gather around for story time like elementary students, so I sometimes incorporate these books in my lessons. Let's face it: they are much more time-effective for introducing new concepts than many grade-level texts.

So, for figurative language, we begin by reading any Amelia Bedelia story. While they listen, I ask students to pay attention to the examples of Amelia confusing homophones. Depending on the attention levels of my class, I sometimes have to ask them to record the examples on this record sheet.

When we're done, I pass out the Literal versus Figurative Language Activity, where students are asked to consider the literal and figurative language of 8 idioms we use. Students are asked to draw what it would look like if one took the figurative language literally and then provide the figurative (actual) meaning. As you can imagine, I get some very creative illustrations from this activity!

Finally, we begin to explore simile, metaphor, hyperbole, and personification using this Figures of Speech worksheet where students have to finish the sentence starters. I then have them choose their favorite to illustrate and color to hang in the classroom.

Don't forget to check out Jivey's post for even more ideas for figurative language in your classroom!


  1. These are great!!! My kids love Amelia Bedelia too! :) Thanks for linking up, friend!

  2. What a great idea! Thank you for the freebies! Much appreciated!

  3. I never thought to use Amelia Bedelia for this skill. Thanks for sharing! Off to find a copy of the book...

  4. I love this! I remember loving Amelia Bedelia as a child, but I've never used it with my students. Thank you for such a great suggestion.

  5. I haven't read Amelia Bedelia in forever...I might need to pull some out. I know right where I have them hiding!
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  6. I love using Amelia Bedelia to teach figurative language-I know some people may think that book is a little young, but the young kids don't get the figurative language being used!
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