Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Fun with Figurative Language in 5th Grade

Figurative Language is one of my favorite units to teach!
Over the years, I've gathered and created many resources to help make this unit fun for my students. I wanted to share these with you, so you can easily find any of the resources that you think would be good for your students.

These concert tickets and VIP passes were a free resource from Adventures of Ms. Smith!

Click here for the VIP passes and tickets!

 To start our unit we held a special concert event featuring music with all types of Figurative Language! I passed out the tickets for the concert the Friday before in order to build the excitement. I also encouraged the students to dress in their favorite concert gear!

These notes from Lovin Lit gave us the definition of each type of Figurative Language!

Click here for the notebooking resource from Lovin Lit

For each type of Figurative Language we "performed" along with a different song. I let the students use our gold microphone and set up a stage in my classroom with strobe lights to help set the mood. We added notes for each new type of Figurative Language into our notebooks. 

I display these simple posters in my classroom for my students to refer back to when they need to!

Click here to find these posters!
Also in printer friendly black and white (print on colorful paper)

After the concert (and preview of all the types of Figurative Language) we complete activities to take a closer look at each type of Figurative Language.
This craftivity is one of several awesome resources I have from the AMAZING Deb Hanson!

Click here to the link for this craftivity!
For some of the types of Figurative Language we complete craftivities from Deb Hanson, like the one shown above. This is a fun way for the students to review what they have learned. If you haven't tried any of Deb Hanson's units yet, be sure to check her out! Everything she makes is wonderful!

This is a project we completed for practice with idioms!

To practice idioms, the student used idioms that contained food references to create plates and napkins. On the plates the students drew pictures to represent each idiom, and on the napkins the students wrote sentences using the idioms.
Onomatopoeia projects!

We made some simple art projects for practice with Onomatopoeia. I had each student choose a sound word and gave them construction paper to use. I told them to be creative in their representation of the word. They had a lot of fun with these projects!

These practice and assess sheets also come from Lovin Lit.

Click here for the link to the 5th grade practice and assess worksheets.

For some of the different types of Figurative Language I use these practice and assess worksheets from Lovin Lit. I have both the 5th grade and 6th grade versions of these to use for differentiation in the classroom! These are great for really getting to see what the students understand about Figurative Language.

At the end of our unit, we completed Figurative Language projects to demonstrate all that we had learned. 

Finished Figurative Language Project!

Click here for the resource for this project!

I also differentiate this project based on the needs of my students. The students can be asked to match each type of Figurative Language or create their own examples. I love how these projects turn out every year!

Practice and Review!

Click here for the Halloween Figurative Language Review!

After we finish our Figurative Language unit, it is important to review this topic all throughout the school year. I like to use fun holiday reviews to make sure we don't forget all that we have learned!

 I also like to use to reviews from Margaret Whisnant throughout the year to keep our Figurative Language skills fresh all year long. She has amazing practice packets for different months of the school year.

I also create the above anchor chart as a review later in the school. The students really do so well with remembering all the different types of Figurative Language when we review many times throughout the school year. 

I hope you were able to find a resource or two here to help improve your Figurative Language units!

Thanks, Melissa

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