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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Simile Fun! (with a FREEBIE!)

Our standardized testing starts TOMORROW. ahh! 

Last night I was looking through the practice test and decided my kiddos needed some more work on similes. We don't really cover figurative language very much in 3rd grade, but it is on THE test. (I did my internship in 4th grade and that is when figurative language is covered in depth.) So, I decided that we needed to take some time to go over it today.

Simile Lesson:

First, I gave my student 5 minutes to color a "simile person". I didn't tell them what this was for, but I told them to use a lot of colors and to make it as detailed as possible. (Using color and detail will make it easier to come up with similes later, but I didn't tell them this.) This could also have been done as morning work. I wanted them to color their person before the lesson so that they weren't coloring based on similes they had created. I wanted them to use their brains to create similes based on the picture they already had colored. Does that make sense? hah!

Then, I began the actual lesson by reading "Quick as a Cricket" a book with TONS of similes. (Any book on similes would work. We discussed the similes on each page and talked about what two unlike things were being compared using like or as. Afterwards, as a class we came up with our own similes. My students caught on quickly!

Finally, I had them look at the person they had colored on their worksheet. I told them they had to come up with five similes describing/comparing their "simile person" to something else. They did a GREAT job. They really caught on quickly and I feel confident that they will all get any question they come across that discusses similes on THE test correct tomorrow.

"Simile People" Worksheet:


This is a quick, easy, and fun lesson! I hope some of you will be able to use it!
Let me know what you think! And leave some love if you might be able to use it!
Happy Tuesday! =)

ALSO: I did NOT come up with the idea of simile people. I saw this idea on the internet, but could not find any kind of worksheet or activity to go with it so I created my own. If the idea of simile people is your own original idea, let me know and I would love to give you credit! =)

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