Figurative Language 1st Grade Unit
- Have students identify hyperboles and their meanings in the following books: My Mom by Anthony Browne (Students write and illustrate an exaggeration about their own mother or another adult female relative or friend.) and How Cold Was It? by Jane Barclay (Students act out the meaning of hyperboles from the book. For example, how would it feel if it were “cold as ice”?).
- Hyperboles are found in most tall tales. Review previously read tall tales, identifying hyperboles in the texts. For example: Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Babe and the Blue Ox, Johnny Appleseed and Mike Fink by Steven Kellogg, and American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osbourne.
- Have students create their own hyperboles describing themselves or their classroom. You will model one for them. For example, “I’m so hungry, I could eat a million cheeseburgers.”
- Assign students a partner. Each student writes a hyperbole and trades with his/her partner. The partner will identify the true meaning of the hyperbole.
- Students can write their own tall tales with a hyperbole and illustrate it. The same activity can also been done as a class book.