Lesson Plan:

Simile for Me!

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August 16, 2015
by Rhondra Lewis

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify and use different similes.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Use sticky notes to poll the class using the following prompt: "What is a simile?"
  • Have students volunteer to share their thoughts.
  • Write a simile on the board, e.g. "She is as blind as a bat."
  • You can also use any examples from the Easy as Pie worksheet.
  • Tell students that similes are analogies that compare two things using "like" or "as."
  • Have students identify the meaning of the analogy. (She can’t see very well.)
  • Explain to students that in this lesson, they will identify and create similes and explain their meanings.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Write another example of a simile on the board, e.g. "It's as easy as 1-2-3."
  • You can also use any examples from the Easy as Pie worksheet.
  • Advise students that an "as ___ as ___" analogy should follow the following format: "as + (adjective) + as + (noun)."
  • Have students identify the adjective (easy), noun (123), and meaning of the analogy (It's very easy).
  • Have students create an analogy using "like" and write it on the board. One example is "I slept like a log."
  • Advise students that when using a "___ like ___" analogy should follow the following format: "(verb) + like + (noun)."
  • Have students identify the verb, noun and meaning of the analogy that have been listed on the board.
  • Advise students that they just created similes.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Go through the examples on the Similes For Kids worksheet.
  • Have students work in pairs or small groups to complete the worksheet.

Independent Working Time (20 minutes)

  • Have students complete the Clear as Crystal worksheet independently.
  • Tell them that, in addition to following the sheet's instructions, they must also circle the adjective and write the meaning of the analogy next to each sentence.
  • Collect and correct students' worksheets once they're done. Assess their understanding based on their responses.



  • Enrichment: Challenge advanced students to create an illustrated ABC book for grades of similes for every letter of the alphabet.
  • Support: Have struggling students complete the Scrambled Similes worksheet with you or a partner. This worksheet includes a word bank that could be helpful for them.

Technology Integration

Related Books and/or Media


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Allow volunteers to share what they wrote for the meanings of different similes.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Have each student share the following: three things she learned today, two things she has questions about, and one thing from the lesson that she'll use later on.

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