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Figurative Language: Go Figure!

It was time for a figurative language round-up and review in my classroom this past week. In an effort to make it as fun and meaningful as possible (because, my goodness… know how we have to guard that instructional time ;), I decided to incorporate a few fun and engaging activities into our lessons.

First, I created a colorful anchor chart with examples of each of the
6 categories of figurative language we had learned.
I used the labels from my Figurative Language Resource Packet
to add some variety to the chart.


We reviewed each category some more with additional posters.
Students were given Post-It notes and when they found examples in their daily readings, they can wrote them down and posted them under the appropriate poster.
Then, my fifth graders labeled, colored, and cut out a foldable for figurative language, which they added to their interactive notebooks.
They did such a wonderful job coming up with their
own examples of each category!
As my fifth-graders were working on their foldables, I called groups of 3 students back to our Centers Table to do a quick sort of similes and metaphors.  This helped me make a quick assessment of which students still needed a little work on differentiating between similes and metaphors.
My students loved this little break from the regular Reading Class routine! I love knowing that my fifth-graders have a firm understanding of these sometimes difficult concepts!  That’s what I call a Win-Win!

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I'm Shelly Rees of Appletastic Learning. First and foremost, I'm a mom of 4 boys, wife of 25 years to Aric, and Wyoming girl at heart. I love being creative, making resources for teachers, baking cookies, Diet Coke, teaching, public speaking, and spreading kindness wherever I can. After teaching in the upper elementary grades for over 23 years, I retired early and focused on creating and helping teachers around the world with my teaching ideas and resources. I also serve as a mentor to hundreds of teacherpreneurs and help them get focused on growing their own successful businesses. With 100% honesty, I LOVE my life! Thanks for visiting! I hope you'll stay awhile and come back often. Read More

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