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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
It's Raining Idioms!
It's Raining Idioms!
Lesson Plan
It's Raining Idioms!
Idioms will be a piece of cake when students finish this fun lesson! Students practice illustrating and explaining common idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
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
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
Word Meaning 2
Word Meaning 2
Guided Lesson
Word Meaning 2
Words are the wondrous building blocks in language. This unit increases students’ word knowledge by introducing more challenging vocabulary and exploring how words are related. Learners will also discover some of the ways words are constructed using derivational root words, prefixes, suffixes, and compound words. Students will get to explore and create fun literary devices such as similes, idioms and metaphors.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Vocabulary Boosters
Vocabulary Boosters
Workbook
Vocabulary Boosters
Squeeze in some extra practice in word analysis, spelling, and punctuation with these engaging grammar worksheets.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Similes and Metaphors: Comparisons Done Right
Similes and Metaphors: Comparisons Done Right
Lesson Plan
Similes and Metaphors: Comparisons Done Right
Your little poets will love how their creative writing abilities will grow with this lesson about similes and metaphors. Students engage in fun activities to learn about similes and metaphors and write comparisons as directed.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Eggcellent Easter Idioms
Eggcellent Easter Idioms
Lesson Plan
Eggcellent Easter Idioms
Take a short journey down this Easter Idiom-themed rabbit hole! Your students will use context clues to identify the meaning of the Easter idioms. They will then create their own sentence using an Easter idiom.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idioms
Idioms
Lesson Plan
Idioms
Idioms are especially difficult for English Language Learners! Give your students an introduction to idioms with this lesson.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idiom Pictionary and Charades
Idiom Pictionary and Charades
Lesson Plan
Idiom Pictionary and Charades
Idioms can be a pain in the neck to understand! Help your students become acquainted with many of the English language's funny and confusing idioms in this lesson that has them using their creativity to act out or illustrate idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Pun Visuals
Pun Visuals
Lesson Plan
Pun Visuals
Strengthen your students' understanding of figurative language by helping them interpret visual puns! Students will use a webpage to help them understand puns in their future reading and writing endeavors.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Take a Walk with Idioms
Take a Walk with Idioms
Lesson Plan
Take a Walk with Idioms
Get your students moving! In this lesson, your students will walk around the classroom as they practice using and interpreting idioms.
3rd 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
Valentine's Day Idioms
Valentine's Day Idioms
Lesson Plan
Valentine's Day Idioms
To make a long story short, idioms are a fun addition to the English language! Use this lesson with your students to determine the meaning of common idioms— specifically those associated with Valentine's Day.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
What's an Idiom?
What's an Idiom?
Lesson Plan
What's an Idiom?
Does the confusion of learning idioms “add fuel to the fire” for your students? Your students will “go back to the drawing board” in this lesson, as they consider the literal and figurative meaning of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Lesson Plan
Idiom Meanings and Context Clues
Idioms are a challenging piece of figurative language for students, but it can be an easier task with the help of context clues. Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Capturing the Clues* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Worksheet
Explaining Literal and Nonliteral Language
Use this worksheet to teach your students how to explain the meaning of literal and nonliteral language. Don’t forget the context clues!
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Worksheet
Idioms: Tell Us What You Think!
Use this worksheet to review figurative language! Students will write what they think each idiom on this worksheet means.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Explanations for Expressions
Explanations for Expressions
Lesson Plan
Explanations for Expressions
Do your students need instruction in how to find and determine the meaning of figurative language? In this lesson, students will explore the exaggerations found in hyperbole and elements of idioms.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Figurative Language: Idioms
Figurative Language: Idioms
Worksheet
Figurative Language: Idioms
Use this resource with your students to practice using context clues to determine the meaning of idioms.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idiom Card Swap
Idiom Card Swap
Lesson Plan
Idiom Card Swap
Idioms are not always a piece of cake! Use this fun activity to teach your students the difference between the literal and figurative meanings of common idioms.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Working with Idioms
Working with Idioms
Lesson Plan
Working with Idioms
Figurative language can be difficult, especially for ELs. With the help of context clues and exposure to common idioms, it can be a piece of cake! Use this as a stand-alone lesson or as a pre-lesson for the *Take a Walk with Idioms* lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
Worksheet
Mixed Review Language Arts Assessment
In this mid-year assessment, students will apply their language arts knowledge to a broad set of problems.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Idioms 2
Idioms 2
Exercise
Idioms 2
Give a cultural lesson and expand your students’ vocabulary at the same time with this idioms exercise.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Expressions Explained
Expressions Explained
Worksheet
Expressions Explained
Are you so hungry you could eat a horse? Your students will have fun identifying the examples of hyperbole and idioms in this worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Idioms

Idioms are phrases that have a figurative meaning, not a literal one. Their meanings derive from common usage. Idioms can be challenging to learn, since sometimes their origin can be obscure, but they are fun to learn for kids. With our worksheets and activities, teach your kids this most interesting quirk of the English language. Soon, using idioms in their everyday speech and writing will be a piece of cake

Learn More About Idioms

We use idioms all the time, even though we don’t know where they came from. They are so woven into the language that they’re just something we “know” as we get older. There are approximately 25,000 idiomatic expressions in the English language. But it’s not just the English language that contains them; every language has their own idioms as well. Idioms make language more interesting because they provide metaphorical meaning or historical or regional color.

10 Most Common Idiomatic Expressions
  • Piece of cake (something that’s easy to do)
    Example: That test was a piece of cake.
  • A hot potato (an issue or situation that’s controversial)
    Example: When the topic shifted to politics, my friend dropped the conversation like a hot potato.
  • Once in a blue moon (very rarely)
    Example: I buy shoes once in a blue moon.
  • When pigs fly (something that will never happen or is impossible)
    Example: She’ll clean her room without being told when pigs fly.
  • Devil’s advocate (one who presents a counterargument)
    Example: Jack says the opposite just to play devil’s advocate.
  • Miss the boat (miss your chance)
    Example: We missed the boat on that sale.
  • A bed of roses (an easy option)
    Example: Doing chores is no bed of roses.
  • Raining cats and dogs (raining very heavily)
    Example: Grab an umbrella. It’s raining cats and dogs.
  • Apple of the eye (someone very precious)
    Example: My son is the apple of my eye.
  • Zip your lip (stop talking)
    Example: It’s best to zip your lip when your teacher is talking.