Introduction to Similes

  • Third Grade, Fourth Grade
  • Writing
  • 60 minutes
  • Standards: L.4.5, L.3.5
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August 7, 2015
by Caitlin Fahey

This lesson provides a concrete introduction to similes. Students will get a confidence boost after working together and completing some fun and colorful worksheets.

Learning Objectives

Students will understand the concept of a simile and be able to create their own similes.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Write an example of a simile on the board.
  • Explain that a simile compares two things using the word "like" or "as."

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Hand out the Easy as Pie and Clear as Crystal worksheets.
  • Using the document camera, complete #1 on Clear as Crystal.
  • Have the students underline the two nouns being compared (Chris and mouse).

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (15 minutes)

  • Complete any other problems you believe will help the students.
  • Make sure they are underlining the two nouns being compared in each sentence.
  • Allow students to work in pairs on the two sheets.
  • Come back together and go over the answers using the document camera.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Hand out the Similes worksheet.
  • Have students complete this on their own.
  • Students can write more similes on the back of the worksheet.



  • Enrichment Have students move onto metaphors or personification while going over the answers to the first two worksheets.
  • Support Circulate the room and help students as needed. Give word banks if needed for Simile worksheet.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Review the answers to the worksheet on the document camera.
  • Assess students' understanding of the lesson content based on how well they did on their worksheets.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Review the definition of a simile.

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