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Enhancing Figurative Language

One of H.’s weaker spots is understanding figurative language.  She just needs a little extra exposure and practice to make up for the years when she felt too bad to soak up language the way she now can.
-One of the first resources I found was this fun book:
There’s a frog in my throat: 440 animal sayings a little bird told me by Loreen Leedy
This picture book has sayings divided up by animal type, then illustrates what the saying would mean if it were taken literally.  This was a great resource for H., since she  just the exposure and explanation of what each idiom means.   Each page is jam-packed with pictures, so we tended to read just a few pages at a time.   Just a warning=- this book could be problematic for kids who really struggle with non-literal use of words.

-Idiom of the Day pictures-Pinterest is a great  free resource for finding these, and so many more ideas.

-Amelia Bedelia Books- there are the classics that were around when I was a kid, as a well as newer ones where Amelia Bedelia is a child, rather than an adult.  We’re starting off with the newer child-focused books.

A Speech Therapist friend of ours was kind enough to loan us some resources as well.  Super Duper Publications makes some great resources that I really like:

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This game board pack includes one focused on  idioms-

We don’t have this one, but I thought it looks fun:  Main Product Image

I also just saw this app by Super Duper that I think we’ll try- since you can download it and access 50 idioms free (full version has 500  idioms)


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Do you have a favorite resource for enjoying idioms?



2 comments on “Enhancing Figurative Language

  1. Jenny
    August 5, 2014

    There are quite a few books in our public library that sound similar to There’s a Frog in My Throat. Titles include Raining Cats and Dogs, Out of the Blue (all idioms about color), Life is a Bowl Full of Cherries, You Let the Cat out of the Bag, Go Fly a Kite. I wonder if you could even use Cloudy with a chance of meatballs…but that might be a stretch. Also, the short chapter books about Stink include idioms and it appears they have a list of the idioms and what they mean at the end of the book. I work on idioms with my second graders at the end of the year each year. It’s fun and since so many of my students are second language learners, it is valuable for them. One thing we do is learn a few and then draw a silly picture of what it sounds like it means and then draw another picture and write what it really means. The idiom game looks fun…I will look for that to add to my classroom.

  2. holdingtomorrow
    August 10, 2014

    Those are such good ideas-thank you Jenny! I’ll be requesting them soon! Love you!

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