Reflection: Intervention and Extension Learning About Similies and Metaphors - Section 4: Independent Practice


I knew before I even attempted this lesson that figurative language would be difficult for some students.  At this age, first graders are very concrete thinkers, so I wasn't really surprised when some of my students started having problems with the abstract thinking required to create similes and metaphors.  You can see in this video, Our Metaphor Misconceptions.mp4, that my students wanted to compare to objects.  You can see from the first two children on the video that they want to compare a hummingbird with something else.  The first student said, "The hummingbird is faster than a car." I had to redirect each of these students and tell them that they needed to say that the hummingbird is something else.  I had foreseen that some students would have trouble.  This is why I gave examples on the Smartboard lesson and gave my students plenty of time to practice with partners to listen to what their classmates came up with. Another strategy to try with students who continue to struggle might be to give them sentence stems, which would give them a more structured support.

  Intervention and Extension: Tackling Metaphor Misconceptions
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Learning About Similies and Metaphors

Unit 18: Let's Learn About Poetry
Lesson 1 of 9

Objective: SWBAT identify, speak, and write both similes and metaphors.

Big Idea: Figurative language can really trip students up. Today we are going to be learning about similes and metaphors so we can identify them in our reading and use them to create amazing poetry.

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English / Language Arts, Poetry, Writing, Reading, Figurative Language, Similes and Metaphors
  70 minutes
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