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Figurative Language Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 4 pages | Grades: 3 - 5

A set of 12 task cards to practice working with figurative language.

Figurative language can be a tricky concept for most students which means they need a lot of practice! Why not add this resource to your arsenal?

Print out the resource on cardstock and cut out the task cards along the dotted lines. Store in a resealable bag to be used over and over, year after year! Looking to save on paper? Why not put a copy of the recording sheet in a dry-erase sleeve, allowing students to wipe it clean when they are done!

How to Use This Resource in the Classroom:

  • Use this resource as a reading center activity by punching a hole in the corner of each task card and placing them on a binder ring. This helps to keep the cards together and there is just something about flipping to the next card when it is on a ring. Students love it!
  • Why not have a whole-class scavenger hunt in your classroom? Print off 2 copies of the task cards and cut them out. Hide the 24 task cards around the room when your students are not around. Hand each student a recording sheet and set them loose! As soon as they find a card, they answer it on their recording sheet, leave it in the same spot they found it, and then set off to find the others. NOTE: You may want to make a rule of only 1 student at a card at one time. If not, things could get a little crazy! 🤪
  • Use a few of the task cards as a quick warm-up or exit ticket. Find the 2 or 3 cards you want to use and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Have them write their answers on a sticky note along with their name for an easy formative assessment!
  • Looking for a more interactive way to use this resource? Why not hang them up around the room and have your students complete a gallery walk. Pair students up and hand each group a recording sheet. Assign a task card to each group and have them rotate around until they have completed each one. Another way to play is to ditch the recording sheet and have them walk around with sticky notes. Each group answers the task card on a sticky note and leaves it behind for the other groups to see! The trick with this one is to make sure students know if it is an open-ended question, they may not copy answers from another group.

Figurative Language Types:

The types of figurative language used in this resource include:

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

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This resource was created by Kelli Goffredi, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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