Hi! My name is Kathleen (Middle Grades Maven), and Deb and I are swapping blogs for the day! We both specialize in upper elementary language arts, so we thought it would be fun to connect with each other’s followers to share some ideas, specifically about figurative language. But first, let me tell you a little bit about myself!
I am currently a fifth grade language arts teacher who lives in Ohio. As a language arts teacher, I am responsible for my students’ reading, writing, and spelling grades. This is my fifth year of teaching, and in that short time, I have also taught fourth grade and sixth grade language arts and social studies. I believe every teacher has a niche for a certain grade band, and even though I’m certified to teach grades 4-9, my niche is definitely upper elementary (grades 4-6)!
As for my personal life, I have been blessed with a loving and hardworking husband, my high school sweetheart, Keith. He is the type B personality in our relationship :). He deals with my crazy very well…We recently bought our first house! And ever since we got our keys in early December, we have been painting, installing blinds, organizing, putting together furniture, etc. It’s been a whirlwind! There’s still so much to do, but I’m extremely happy with the progress we’ve made so far.
Alright, that’s enough about me. Let’s move on to the main topic of our post: FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE! I love teaching figurative language. There are so many fun books and engaging activities you can use when teaching figurative language. I always teach figurative language in conjunction with my poetry unit. The timing of this post couldn’t be more fitting, since we are going to begin our figurative language study and poetry unit when students get back from break tomorrow!
Two of the books I used to teach figurative language last year (4th grade) were More Parts (idioms about the body) by Tedd Arnold and Crazy like a Fox (similes) by Loreen Leedy. I used the books as a way to hook my students at the beginning of my lessons, and they absolutely loved them!
I always start our review of figurative language by going over the definitions of the terms, as well as examples. I created some posters that I have hanging in my classroom, so students can refer to them throughout the year.
I also like to use some multimedia components, since my students love video clips. Here’s a quick (FREE!) video by Flocabulary that I recently found. I am planning on using it this year at the beginning of our unit.
This is the first year I have had the same group of students two years in a row. That’s right. I taught all three classes language arts in 4th grade, and now I have all three classes in 5th grade! It wasn’t planned, but I have been enjoying it. The only part that can be difficult is thinking of brand new ways to teach the same skills and concepts. A resource that I am looking forward to using this year to keep things fresh is my Figurative Language Interactive Notebook.
Don’t forget to stop by my blog to see Deb’s post about how she teaches figurative language. She has so many creative craftivities to reinforce your students’ figurative language skills! Click here to see all of the figurative language activities in her TpT store!
One of her most recent products is a Figurative Language PowerPoint presentation that contains definitions, examples, and questions for test prep! How awesome is that?
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