It’s finally starting to feel like fall! As leaves change and temperatures drop, your walks will take on a different look and feel. Why not take advantage of the slightly different sensory details that surround you on your strolls? That’s right! “Fall” into figurative language.
We’ve even got the perfect podcast to get you started. Explore Simile and Metaphor (4-#11, 5-#72, Complete-#4). All you need to do is grab those WalkKits, and get set to walk, listen, learn, and . . . maybe even write!
Similes in Song? Metaphors in Music?
Absolutely! Captivate your students with a quick flick on metaphors! Better yet, go ahead and try out one of several videos to help bring figurative language to life. From singing along to the classic Schoolhouse Rock “Telegraph Line” to seeing if they can sense the similes and metaphors in a musical mash-up, your students will be actively engaged!
Practice Makes Perfect
To continue your lesson beyond the podcast and assess your students’ understanding at the same time, present some examples! Take advantage of a ready-made worksheet to have students independently focus on finding similes and metaphors.
And . . . additional resources are in abundance! There are a wealth of other figurative language activities and lesson plans on similes and metaphors from which to choose.
Add in Some Alliteration and Personification
Looking for another podcast focusing on figurative language? Check out Alliteration & Personification (5-#67, Complete-#5)! Then, once you’ve added some other types of figurative language to the mix, it’s time to see if students can identify each.
Review and reinforce students’ knowledge of figurative language with this fun crossword puzzle worksheet (and answers!). For even more language arts and reading resources, check out Education.com!
Can’t get enough figurative language? Download our free Idioms podcast bundle!
Bring in a Book . . . or Two!
Books provide a wealth of additional examples of similes and metaphors for your students, and there are plenty from which to pick. Looking for more direct explanation? Check out Skin Like Milk, Hair of Silk: What are Similes and Metaphors? by Brian P. Cleary for a cleverly-written take on the topic!
Searching for something a little more literary? Picture books are the perfect path if you’re seeking an abundance of examples in one place. In fact, there already-created lists of picture books with similes! All you have to do is choose!
Ready to Write?
Take another opportunity to walk, with notebook and writing implement in hand this time. Encourage your students to jot down what they hear, see, feel, and smell on their autumnal jaunt. Have them work with a partner and focus on working these details into similes or metaphors.
They can then craft a paragraph (or a poem!), incorporating three to five of their similes or metaphors in the end product. Be sure to allow time for students to share their creations! That will make your Friday especially fun!
Looking for some additional ideas? Check out this creative writing lesson plan!
Shannon R says
My students love the podcasts about metaphors, idioms, and alliteration. I love the idea of walking with notebooks to write down examples that they see. I also love using music to identify metaphors, I think we will need a refresher.
I used this activity podcast around Valentine’s day. As a follow up activity, I had students look through popular songs and find ways that similes and metaphors were used. They collaborated with each other to then discuss the deeper meaning of the figurative language.