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Figurative Language Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 14 pages | Grades: 3 - 6

A set of 28 figurative language example cards to use in a sorting or scoot activity.

This fun resource is a great way for students to practice identifying examples of figurative language.

Print out the resource on cardstock and cut out the cards on the dotted lines. Store in a resealable bag to be used again and again. This resource can be used as a sorting activity for your students in a reading center or it can be used as a scoot activity if you are looking for a whole-class activity for your students. Either way, your students will get plenty of practice identifying different types of figurative language.

The types of figurative language used in this resource include:

  • simile
  • metaphor
  • personification
  • hyperbole
  • idiom
  • onomatopoeia.

Looking for a way to save on paper? Why not print a class set of the recording sheets and slide each one in a dry-erase sleeve. Then, store them with the activity cards to be used again next year!

A recording sheet and answer key are included in the download. Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google slide version.

This resource was created by Meagan Lee, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.


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