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Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: Baobab, Tree of Life
Discover why an odd-looking tree is known as Africa’s "tree of life" with this reading comprehension worksheet.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Poetry: The Road Not Taken
Reading Poetry: The Road Not Taken
Worksheet
Reading Poetry: The Road Not Taken
Help students hone reading comprehension skills and techniques with this classic Robert Frost poem.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Worksheet
Mixed Practice: Similes and Metaphors #1
Children work with two forms of figurative language in this grammar worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Worksheet
Informational Reading Comprehension: History of the Candle
Learn all about the history of candles with this two-page nonfiction reading worksheet!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Rikki-tikki-tavi
Meet the curious mongoose Rikki-tikki-tavi in this sixth-grade reading comprehension worksheet adapted from the classic Rudyard Kipling tale.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Game
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Metaphors
Kids categorize metaphors by type in this sorting game.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Figurative Language Practice
Figurative Language Practice
Worksheet
Figurative Language Practice
Students will learn to identify and interpret similes, metaphors, and personification in writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Similes: Easy as Pie
Similes: Easy as Pie
Worksheet
Similes: Easy as Pie
If someone loses their glasses, are they as blind as a bee or a bat? This fill-in-the-blank worksheet introduces your child to popular similes.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Similes
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Similes
Game
Muggo's Brain: Sorting Similes
Kids categorize similes by emotions, actions, and appearances.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
Workbook
Reading Skills: Sentences to Stories
The reading and writing practice in this workbook will get kids thinking about all the different parts that go into a good story, like vocabulary, structure and sequencing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Sorting Similes in Muggo's Brain
Sorting Similes in Muggo's Brain
Game
Sorting Similes in Muggo's Brain
Help kids learn about similes with this sorting game.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Workbook
Fourth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 2
Week 2 of this independent study packet for fourth graders features five more days of targeted practice with reading, writing, math, science, and social studies.
4th grade
Science
Workbook
Simile or Metaphor
Simile or Metaphor
Worksheet
Simile or Metaphor
Can you tell the difference between a simile and a metaphor? Students will seek to distinguish between—and determine the meanings of—simple similes and metaphors with this multiple choice activity.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
Workbook
Third Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 3
This third grade independent study packet offers Week 3 of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies activities.
3rd grade
Social studies
Workbook
Figurative Language
Figurative Language
Guided Lesson
Figurative Language
As students begin to read more sophisticated texts, understanding how authors use figurative language becomes critical. In this unit, students will revisit some of the figurative language they learned in fourth grade and also study some new ones too, including onomatopoeia, hyperbole, puns and oxymorons. Analyzing how figurative language is used in texts will help readers apply what they have learned.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Examples of Hyperbole! Part 1
Examples of Hyperbole! Part 1
Worksheet
Examples of Hyperbole! Part 1
Children will practice bringing excitement to their writing in this fun language and vocabulary worksheet.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms 1
Idioms 1
Exercise
Idioms 1
Introduce students to the world of idioms with this exercise that shares some of the most common expressions in the English language.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Dino Skateboarding: Figurative Language (Game 1)
Dino Skateboarding: Figurative Language (Game 1)
Game
Dino Skateboarding: Figurative Language (Game 1)
Review figurative language terms while crushing the skate park in this race-themed learning game!
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Game
Figurative Language: Figure It Out!
Figurative Language: Figure It Out!
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Figure It Out!
Assess your students’ knowledge of the eight most common types of figurative language.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Scrambled Similes
Scrambled Similes
Worksheet
Scrambled Similes
This worksheet will help your child understand what similes are, and she'll even get to use her imagination to write some of her own!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Is Personification?
What Is Personification?
Worksheet
What Is Personification?
Help your writing sing with personification! Practice identifying the different examples of personification in this poem by Emily Dickinson.
6th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Simile vs. Metaphor
Simile vs. Metaphor
Lesson Plan
Simile vs. Metaphor
Do your students struggle with similes and metaphors? Do they have trouble identifying the two different types of analogies? This lesson will help simplify the two and put an end to the confusion.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
Worksheet
Idioms: A Figure of Speech
What does "when pigs fly" mean if pigs can't really fly? Kids use context clues to learn the meanings of common idioms on this third grade reading worksheet.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Workbook
Fifth Grade Independent Study Packet - Week 5
Week 5 of this independent study packet for fifth graders covers the subject areas of reading, writing, and math.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Sorting Similes
Sorting Similes
Game
Sorting Similes
Sort similes as emotions, actions, or appearances.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Game

Figurative Language Resources

Figurative language is the more colorful partner of literal language. It uses words or expressions that may not be the actual, or literal, meaning, but conveys a more in-depth or heightened understanding of what the writer is trying to say. Figurative language can be found in different types of writing such as prose and nonfiction, but it is most common in poetry. Figurative language comes naturally to very young children, though they may not necessarily know the formal types. With our resources, help them hone their understanding and mastery of figurative language.

Figurative Language 101

Where literal language is “just the facts,” figurative language is just the facts plus some extra. It adds vibrancy to language in a number of ways by not necessarily sticking to precise definitions. Here are the most common types of figurative language that young students will enjoy learning:

Simile
A simile compares two different things in an interesting way. It uses the words “like” or “as” to achieve more depth in the language.
Examples: My bedroom is as clean as a whistle. She entered the room like an angry storm.

Metaphor
A metaphor is like a simile in that it compares two things, but metaphors do not use the “like” or “as.” It simply states that one thing is something else.
Examples: My sister is an angel. My love for my children is a vast ocean.

Personification
Personification is a kind of metaphor in which human qualities are assigned to things that aren’t human or even alive, like nature or emotions.
Example: The stars winked at us from the sky.

Hyperbole
Hyperbole is a fun one to learn because it lets you exaggerate language for emphasis or effect.
Example: I’m so hungry I could eat a horse!

Symbolism
Symbolism is using symbols to give significance to objects, events, or relationships. Symbolism can also take the form of a metaphor.
Example: Life is a roller-coaster, so hang on for the ride.

Onomatopoeia
Onomatopoeia is a word conveyed as a sound effect. It’s one of the most fun uses of figurative language for young readers, as it makes words come alive on the page.
Example: The water splish-splashed down the slide.

There are many more types of figurative language that add vibrancy to language. Students will enjoy learning all about them and become more imaginative writers in the process.