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Metaphor Worksheet

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 4 - 6

Practice identifying and using metaphors with this set of 10 sentences that analyze symbolism in figurative language.

What is a Metaphor? 

A metaphor is a figure of speech that uses comparative words to describe something. 

Unlike similes, which use “like” or “as” to imply their meaning, metaphors emphasize their meaning by implying that the subject actually is that thing.

For example, William Shakespeare uses the following metaphors to describe how Romeo sees Juliet appearing at her balcony:

But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?

It is the east, and Juliet is the sun.

Arise, fair sun, and kill the envious moon,

Who is already sick and pale with grief…

He doesn’t say Juliet’s essence is like the sun. Romeo’s love for her is so strong that Juliet is the dawn of his new day. 

Curriculum Goals PLUS Scaffolding + Extension Tips 

Through completing this activity, students demonstrate an ability to identify metaphors in text.

In addition to individual student work time, use this metaphor practice worksheet as a:

  • Reading center activity
  • Guided group exercise
  • Reading intervention activity
  • Fast Finisher activity
  • Homework assignment

Students who need more of a challenge can write a short story that includes at least 10 metaphors. 

Prepare This Resource with Sustainability in Mind!

No matter how you decide you use this teaching resource, there are lots of ways to incorporate efficient practices that save time, resources, and the planet! 

We suggest:

♻️ Print Double-Sided 

If applicable to your lesson structure, save paper by printing worksheets double-sided. 

♻️ Reuse It! 

Improve your centers by adding activities fast finishers can complete. Print a few copies on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

♻️ Work as a Class 

Project the worksheets onto a screen and determine the correct answers with your whole class or small group using choral response. Additionally, students can rewrite the sentences with the correct answers in their notebooks.

Download the companion poster for this activity here

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