Lesson Plan

Get the Picture? Take a Shot at Idioms

Use a short story that can be told entirely in idioms and students will get the picture! Students match story strip text to idioms in this interactive exercise that includes a matching worksheet assessment.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use context clues to link an idiom to a definition.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments


(5 minutes)
Rainy Day Friend Classroom StoryIdiom Match-Ups
  • Gather students together to prepare for the Rainy Day Friend story.
  • Introduce the story as one that we will use to learn more about words we call idioms. Review that idioms are expressions that use a word picture, or figurative language to describe a situation or thing.
  • Tell the class that we'll use context clues to figure out what the idioms mean after we read the story in sections, from beginning to end.


  • Define context clues and provide an example.
  • Have students turn to a partner to discuss the meaning of context clues.


  • Give an example of an idiom. Explain the what the idiom means, and what it would mean if it was taken literally.