Saturday, September 8, 2012

Figurative Language

Figurative Language comes up in most of the elementary standards.  This is one of the language strands from first through fifth grades:

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1.L.5. With guidance and support from adults, demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

2.L.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

3.L.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

3.L.5a Distinguish the literal and nonliteral meanings of words and phrases in context (e.g., take steps).

4.L.5. Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

4.L.5.a Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

4.L.5.b Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.  


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5.L.5  Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

5.L.5a  Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

5.L.5b  Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs. 


I find one of the best ways for children to show their understanding of words and phrases is to illustrate them.  I found a whole bunch of figurative language, including some similes, metaphors idioms, personification, and other forms of figurative language.  Click the above image for a freebie.  Click the left image for the full set of 30 pages to illustrate.


Isn't it amazing how the strand goes through all the grades? 

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