Explore figurative language in context with this set of 28 sorting cards.
Figurative Language Examples for Kids
When teaching figurative languages such as similes and metaphors, it can often be challenging to locate age-appropriate examples to use with our students!
This resource has been designed to help your students identify examples of figurative language in sentences they will easily understand. It contains instructions, six sort headings, 28 examples of figurative language (used in simple sentences), a recording sheet, and an answer key.
The types of figurative language used in this sorting activity include:
- Simile examples
- Metaphor examples
- Personification examples
- Hyperbole examples
- Idiom examples
- Onomatopoeia examples
Multiple Applications of This Figurative Language Activity
A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your literacy program. In addition to using this resource as a sorting activity, you might like to consider the following teaching ideas:
Hide the sort cards around the classroom. Students must locate each card, read the example of figurative language, and write the correct answer on their recording sheet. Small groups of students at a time work best for this activity!
Provide the students with mini whiteboards and markers. Show them the sort cards in turn. Have the students write the type of figurative language being used on their board. When the students are finished, say, “Show Me!” Students can turn around their boards, allowing you to monitor who requires additional help with the concept.
Place/attach the example cards around the room (walls and desks are good options). Send groups of students to a different card to begin the activity. Have the students rotate through the cards, writing the figurative language type on their recording sheet as they progress through each one.
Easily Download and Prepare This Resource
Use the dropdown arrow on the Download button to select the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource.
Print one version of the resource, then copy the task cards on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access.
Recording sheets can be placed into dry-erase sleeves and reused time and again!
This resource was created by Meagan Lee, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter collaborator.