Freebie Friday!

Yesterday was the BUSIEST day of my week, so I literally left the apartment at 8:15 AM and did not get back to it until 11:30 PM! It was so crazy, but I made some money babysitting, got some work done in my room, and helped pull off another successful performance of my church’s summer drama program ūüôā Of course, in the midst of the business, I had no time to sit down and write my Friday blog entry for the last day of Teacher Week!

Anyways, yesterday was Freebie Friday; sorry you’re just getting the post today!

 

I have about 20 items up on Teachers Pay Teachers, two of which are completely FREE!

The first one is a popular download – Figurative Language bookmarks.

 

This is only the front – the back includes hyperbole, idioms, assonance, and onomatopoeia. I use these to go along with my Figurative Language PowerPoint. After the kids fill them out, I laminate them so that they can refer back to them throughout the year!

My second freebie is a PowerPoint relating to the Revolutionary War. Each November, we study this era of American History, looking at what led to the war, all of the important people involved, the many battles of the war, and so on. To teach this unit, I created PowerPoints for each major lesson. The “freebie” is my PowerPoint¬†about the colonists reaction to the tax enacted by the King of England, dealing with No Taxation without Representation, an important phrase during the Revolution!

Can’t wait to check out all of your freebies – thanks for stopping by!!

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Fun with Figurative Language

So at my school, we started using a new series for reading instruction. This is a fairly new thing for us, as we typically just used novels in the past. However, there was a lack of an actual curriculum, which we felt was needed. Our scope and sequence was not consistent and many important concepts were being skipped altogether.

Now this is a good series – the stories are clever, with many of them coming from popular books, and the vocabulary words are always appropriate while not overwhelming. But the main issue we had with it was the lack of literary elements being taught. At the beginning of the theme (there are 6 total, each with 5 stories), an element is introduced. The problem is that this element is then reviewed over…and over…and over again. It really only goes through maybe 12 elements all year, and skips some really important ones!

One that is not covered at all is figurative language. This is a huge part of becoming a good writer as well, so I knew I wanted to cover it, I just wasn’t sure how. Enter PowerPoint.

PowerPoint is my lifesaver. No seriously, I use it for everything. Slideshows, important lessons, Christmas gifts…I just love it. My first year of teaching, I probably spent at least 12 hours every week creating a new PowerPoint for a lesson or something going on at school. Thankfully, the time has paid off; isn’t it amazing how a little bit of technology can make a huge difference in interesting students?? Crazy…but so wonderful.

So of course I went to PowerPoint for this as well. I decided to focus on 8 different types Рsimiles, metaphors, personification, hyperbole, alliteration, assonance, idioms, and onomatopoeia. I created several slides for each type, discussing the definition of the term, why authors use it, lots of examples, and chances for the kids to create their own examples.

We went through the PowerPoint together in class last week and the kids were more involved than they had been at any other point during a reading lesson this year. After the PowerPoint, I had the kids fill out a bookmark with all eight types, definitions, and examples of each:

 

The story in our reader last week was perfect for identifying figurative language. I created four centers, for four of the types of figurative language (similes, metaphors, hyperbole, and personification). The students rotated through the centers with a group. This provided a review of these types and the chance to identify them in our story this week. I told them that if they could find more examples than I did, their group could get a prize – there’s nothing wrong with a little motivation, right?! ūüėČ

Anyways, I am really pleased with how this lesson went. Overall, I think the kids have a good understanding of all 8. To be honest, the one they struggle with the most is metaphors – they still tend to say things like “The stars were dancing” and I have to remind them they need to COMPARE the stars to something, such as “the stars are dancers, twirling across the sky”. I finally realized that having them write it as a simile first is easier, then having them get rid of “like” or “as” helps them turn it into a metaphor.

If you are interested in my PowerPoint, it is posted on my TpT store – feel free to check it out! I’ve also included the centers and bookmark document; I’m happy for you to use them – just be careful when printing the bookmarks as you must print them back to back.

So what is your favorite way to teach? Is there a particular literary element you feel is more difficult to teach? I’m always looking for new ideas for my kiddos ūüôā

Figurative Language Bookmarks

Figurative Language Centers

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Fun-With-Figurative-Language-PowerPoint