I am back again today to highlight another figurative language craftivity that has been Classroom Tested. This one targets those fun idioms and hyperboles!
For Episode 18 today, I am linking up with Dawn at Purple Palmetto's Porch!
Thanks again, Dawn, for "classroom-testing" BOTH craftivity resources!
In keeping with the format of my previous episodes of Classroom Tested - Teacher & Student Approved, I'll share some of the feedback that has been left at my TpT store for these products:
TeachingThroughTurbulence commented: "This was a perfect assessment for idioms and hyperboles for my resource group. They loved doing it and did really well with it! "
MsScott left this feedback: "My students love these activities! They don't even realize that they are learning!"
I have found that differentiating between idioms and hyperboles is especially challenging for my English language learners. For native speakers of English, we somehow instinctively know that "That's just a drop in the bucket" is an idiom- it's something that people say when they are talking about a small attempt to solve a very large problem. However, one can easily see why ELL's might consider this a hyperbole. After all, managing to get one tiny droplet of water in a bucket can seem like an extreme exaggeration.
I try to explain that idioms have a meaning very different than the individual words of a phrase. I also try to reassure them that they will learn these idioms, slowly but surely, as they acquire English. In terms of hyperboles, when my ELL's are confused, we spend time discussing what makes a statement an extreme exaggeration. For example, for the statement "It's going to take forever to clean my room", I ask them questions like, "Do you really think it's going to take forever? That means that they'll be cleaning their room for years and years. Is that possible?" I'd love to know... do you have any tricks for teaching your students the differences between idioms and hyperboles?
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Also, when you hop over to Dawn's blog post,
you'll find that she ALSO has her own giveaway going on. You can enter to win her St. Patrick's Day "Would You Rather...?" resource! It looks like a fun activity to do with students next Monday!