Lesson Plan

“Oh, My Word!” with Amelia Bedelia

Let Amelia Bedelia introduce figurative language in this fun and interactive lesson that includes a game, group work and a chance for students to shine as idiom authors!
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify figurative language and create original idioms.

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

(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to think of weird sayings heard by older relatives and to share funny ones with the class. We call these expressions figurative language.
  • Say, "Oh, my word!" and ask if students can guess what this expression means. Explain that it means to be surprised at something.
  • Tell students that figurative language usually does not match the literal, or real, meaning of words.
  • Introduce the Amelia Bedelia book chosen for the lesson and tell students that we will find all of the surprising "Oh, my words!" that Amelia misinterprets, or doesn't understand the right way. Say, "It's okay to laugh when we hear figurative language in the story because it can be funny!"

Beginning:

  • Define expression and use an example.
  • Have students turn to a partner to discuss the meaning of expression.

Intermediate: Have students turn to a partner to discuss something they have misintrepreted in the past.