This lesson is a fun and engaging way for students to learn about idioms. There are activities that incorporate group work, as well as independent work. Students will illustrate their chosen idiom with the literal meaning and then explain the intended meaning in small groups.
Figurative language uses words or expressions that go beyond the literal meaning of words to get the message across. Although direct language is easier to understand, in some instances we respond better to more creative wording. For example, writers like to use figurative language to build imagery and give words more power. Idioms are considered some of the highest levels of language processing and some students with language impairments struggle with understanding the meaning of these figurative language.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of idioms. This lesson aligns with the core standard:Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.This lesson includes video, Nearpod, class discussion, and independent work.Preview image taken from: https://nearpod.com/t/english-language-arts/5th/idioms-barking-up-the-wrong-tree-L38568952
Understanding idioms isn't always a piece of cake. In this funny video, students learn about idioms. They will learn what an idiom is, get familiar with some common idioms, and explore strategies to figure out what an idiom means.