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Go Figure! - Figurative Language Game

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 9 pages | Grades: 6 - 7

A board game to practice working with different types of figurative language.

Figurative language is a word or phrase that does NOT have its normal meaning. They are used by an author for the sake of comparison or dramatic effect. Many students, especially non-native English speakers, struggle to understand figurative language because of its nonliteral meanings.

How to Play:

Students will move around the game board answering questions about different types of figurative language. Print out the game cards on cardstock and cut them out along the dotted lines. Store the board game, playing pieces, and game cards inside of a resealable bag to be used again and again, year after year!

The types of figurative language used in this game include:

  • Personification
  • Hyperbole
  • Simile
  • Metaphor
  • Idiom
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Alliteration
  • Proverb
  • Synecdoche
  • Oxymoron
  • Allusion
  • Pun.

Simply remove the game cards associated with the figurative language types that your students haven’t learned just yet. It won’t change the outcome of the game at all!

This board game is sure to be a hit in any reading center!

Looking for a way to play as a whole class? Why not lose the game board and use the cards as a scoot activity. Hang the cards around the room and have your students rotate through the cards, writing their answers on a recording sheet!

The download includes:

  • game board
  • game pieces
  • game cards
  • backing for the game cards (simply print the game cards double-sided using this template!)
  • instruction sheet
  • an answer key.

Use the drop-down menu to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version.


This resource was created by Madison Schmalz-Barrett, a teacher in California and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

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