The Solution to Reading Comprehension
Lessons & Units
Figurative Language 3rd Grade Unit
Have students explore the meaning of idioms in:
- There’s a Frog in My Throat by Loreen Leedy
- Scholastic Dictionary of 100 Idioms by Marvin Terban
- Punching the Clock by Marvin Terban
- In a Pickle and Other Funny Idioms by Marvin Terban
Students can read poems and identify similes and metaphors in:
- The Random House of Poetry for Children selected by Jack Prelutsky
- Beast Feast by Douglas Florian
- Winter Eyes by Douglas Florian
- The Dreams of Hummingbirds by Mary Ann Coleman
- During independent reading, have students identify examples of figurative language and categorize them as either idiom, simile, or metaphor using a graphic organizer. (See Additional Activity A Worksheet below in Teacher and Student Materials.)
- Provide students with a simile and have them change it into a metaphor, and vice-versa.
- Have students write a story with two similes and two metaphors that describe the character or the setting of the story.
- Provide students with a picture or painting and have them describe it using idioms, similes, or metaphors.
- Students can write similes, idioms, or metaphors about school, teachers, home life, or an activity that they enjoy.