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.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the Idioms pre-lesson.
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.
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.