for similes & metaphors here
for idioms ... click here
for onomatopoeia ... click here
for alliteration ... click here... The Web Files (by Margie Palatini)
for assonance ... click here
for units incorporating figurative language ... click here
for ...

rebus puzzles ... some with figurative language .... FUN!
1. for instance...
2. too funny for words
3. back to square one
4. once in a blue moon

Color Your Words With Figurative Language ... a 28-page booklet by Shari Ferrer with chapters on
simile, metaphor, personification, idiom, and hyperbole, + a glossary

Figurative Language CHOICE Board -- differentiation ... (see pg. 9) ... Applying Differentiation Strategies (Shell Education)
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College Readiness--How to Help Students Think Abstractly...Edutopia

8 Literacy Devices -- an Educreations lesson by Lorie Briggs
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Figurative Language ... YouTube

Alliteration Rap by Justin Vaughn ... YouTube


online figurative language games ... gamequarium

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Scroll down on this site to see lots of links for each type of figurative language.
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The repetition of usually initial consonant sounds in two or more neighboring words or syllables
The wild and woolly walrus waits and wonders when we'll walk by
A resemblance of sound in words or syllables
holy & stony Fleet feet sweep by sleeping geese
A word or phrase that has become overly familiar or commonplace
No pain, no gain
Big exaggeration, usually with humor
mile-high ice-cream cones
Idiomclick here for
more on idioms
The language peculiar to a group of people
She sings at the top of her lungs
Metaphorclick here for more on metaphors

Comparing two things by using one kind of object or using in place of another to suggest the likeness between them
Her hair was silk
Naming a thing or an action by imitating the sound associated with it
buzz, hiss, roar, woof
Giving something human qualities
The stuffed bear smiled as the little boy hugged him close
Simileclick here for more on similies

A figure of speech comparing two unlike things that is often introduced by like or as
The sun is like a yellow ball of fire in the sky

What is figurative language?

Figurative Language Presentations in PowerPoint format, lesson plans, games, activities

What is Figurative Language?
Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else,you are using figurative language.
Simile here for more on similies
A simile uses the words “like” or “as”to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike. Example: busy as a bee
Metaphor here for more on metaphors
The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something. Example: You are what you eat.
A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object. Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.
The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words. Alliteration includes tongue twisters. Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.
The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object or an action. Example: snap crackle pop
An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. Tall tales are hyperboles. Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.
Idioms here for more on idioms
According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements (as Monday week for "the Monday a week after next Monday")
A cliché is an expression that has been used so often that it has become trite and sometimes boring. Example: Many hands make light work.

Cindy Ellen--A Wild Western Cinderella
Quick as a Cricket ... for more with this book, click here
for project-based learning, click here for a foldable--flap book-- project using this book
The Little Red Pen ... book cover.jpg ... click here for more with this book ... click here for The Little Red Hen and similar books
The Little Red Pen must grade the papers or it's the END OF THE WORLD! She is stressed out and asks for help, but all her school supply friends can say is, "Not I!" Stapler has back problems, Eraser is suffering from short term memory loss . . . everyone has an excuse.
The Little Red Pen goes it alone and finally tumbles with exhaustion into the Pit of No Return (the trash!), her fellow school supplies must work together to rescue her. Trouble is, their plan depends on Tank, the rotund class hamster, who's not inclined to cooperate. Will the Little Red Pen be lost forever? Will it be the end of the world?

Water ... (Frank Asch)
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"Water is a salty tear. Water is a flood. Water is a long, winding river..."

It Figures! Fun Figures of Speech ... (Marvin Terban)
...enjoyable and informative... Terban introduces metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, hyperbole, and personification. Maestro's cartoons reinforce the material and help readers to understand the concepts fully. Like the pair's other collaborative efforts on the English language, such as Superdupers! (1989), Mad as a Wet Hen (1987), I Think I Thought (1984, all Clarion), this one makes working with words play. Upon using this humorously presented book, children will truly improve their styles of writing. (School Library Journal)
see also the Reading A-Z book, Extreme Animals ... click here

don't_miss_this...finger_pointing.pngMARGIE PALATINI books:
“One of Palatini’s signature devices is literary allusion; her characters ... engage in near-constant banter referencing other works. Her juxtaposition of folklore with popular culture hooks readers with the recognizable while inventing savvy, often surprising stories, a technique especially effective in her works featuring fairy tale characters.”
see books below, and also click here for more Margie Palatini books...

FREE activity & study guide from Margie Palatini...
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Here are 2 pages from the 16-page Guide...

Guides for Margie Palatini's books that have fairy tale, nursery rhymes or fable themes including Bad Boys, Bad Boys Get Cookie, Lousy Rotten Stinkin’ Grapes, Earthquack!, Three Silly Billies, Gone With The Wand and The Web Files.
Venn Diagrams and comparative worksheets are included.

Gone With the Wand ... by Margie Palatini
Palatini puts a delightful, droll spin on familiar fairy-tale characters in this entertaining tale of friendship, magic, and overcoming challenges...bubbly first-person narrative incorporates puns, alliteration, and witty commentary...and the bolded text and punctuation will help guide lively read-alouds. The intricate, colorful illustrations invite scrutiny with abundant comical details. An enjoyable, supportive story that explores the notion that there is a rewarding place and purpose for everyone--fairies included. (Booklist)
Click here for a READERS THEATER SCRIPT from Margie Palatini

Zoom Broom -- The Sequel to "Piggie Pie"... by Margie Palatini

"The text fairly sings with alliteration, rhyming words, onomatopoeia, puns, allusions, and plenty of bold-text bellowing. It begs to be read aloud..." (School LIbrary Journal)

The Three Silly Billies ... by Margie Palatini
FREE vocabulary PDF -- **Silly Billies' Talk** ... from Margie Palatini, L3 = Language, Learning, & Laughter
"kick up their heels" = let loose
"don't be blue" = don't be sad
"reality check" = get real, man! ...+ more
FREE book study guide PDF -- from Margie Palatini

Bad Boys ... by Margie Palatini
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FREE vocabulary PDF ... "Phrases & Vocabulary by Willy & Wally"...Margie Palatini
"pull the wool over their eyes" = fool them
"hot on their tails" = everyone is chasing us ...+ more