What's an Idiom?
Students understand that idioms are figurative language and not to be taken literally.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Have students complete the What is an Idiom? worksheet.
- Define idiom as a saying that has a meaning different than the literal meaning of the phrase.
- Explain to students that in this lesson they will identify idioms and explain their meanings in a text.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students read the directions and look at the example of the Common Idioms worksheet.
- Next, have students discuss the two illustrations and their differences.
- Remind students that idioms are phrases that have a different meaning from the actual words that are used.
- Have students use the “under the weather” idiom in a sentence and write it in the space provided on the worksheet.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students complete the Common Idioms worksheet, pages 2 and 3, in pairs or small groups.
- Students will follow the directions on the sheet and use each other to come up with illustrations for the idioms they select from the list.
- Remind students that after creating their illustrations they should proceed to page 3 and complete the worksheet according to the directions.
- Remind students to work with their partners or group to complete this assignment.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Tell students that they will work alone to complete this part of the lesson.
- Have students complete A Figure of Speech by following the directions on the worksheet.
- Tell students that they will be required to think of a meaning for each idiom on the worksheet.
- Advise students to consider the illustration of the figurative meaning first and then the literal meaning.
- On the back of this sheet, students should write a minimum of five idioms that they know and their literal meanings.
- Remind students that this is an independent assignment and should they need help they should ask you and not each other.
- Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create a mini comic using idioms.
- Support: Allow struggling students to work in partner pairs.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (10 minutes)
- Have students complete the What do you mean…Idiom-Assessment worksheet.
- Tell students that they have 10 minutes to complete this assignment alone.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Recap today’s lesson.
- Have students explain in their own words what an idiom is and provide examples.
- Allow students to ask questions that they still have about idioms.