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Idioms, Adages and Proverbs Figurative Language Worksheets and Activities

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710 Ratings
Kim Miller
Grade Levels
4th - 5th, Homeschool
Resource Type
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8 pages
Kim Miller
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Do your students need help understanding everyday expressions? Recognizing and explaining idioms, adages, and proverbs can pose a challenge for some students. As you teach this standard, you’ll find that some students have never heard these types of expressions before, some students will have heard these old sayings, but they don’t really know what they mean, and some students will surprise you by how many idioms, proverbs, and adages they have heard and actually know the meaning of! No matter where your students fit into these scenarios, this resource is the perfect tool to help your students master identifying and explaining the meanings of common idioms, proverbs, and adages. The four lessons included in this packet are always fun to teach while meeting the needs and learning levels of all students.

These fun and engaging figurative language printable worksheets on idioms, adages, and proverbs are perfect for4th and 5th grade students.

In this download, you will get:

  • an introduction lesson - Understanding Common Expressions: explaining the difference between an idiom, proverb, and adage
  • 2 pages of practice with idioms
  • 2 pages of practice with adages
  • 2 pages of practice with proverbs
  • all answer keys

These activities are perfect for:

  • whole group instruction
  • morning work
  • small groups
  • independent desk work
  • assessments
  • early finishers
  • reading centers
  • homework
  • tutoring
  • sub plans, and so much more!

The best part?

These activities are NO PREP and NO STRESS! Just print and go! With these printable activities, your students will quickly learn to recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, proverbs, and adages.

Teachers like you said…

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a very complete and thorough product. My school uses the McGraw Hill Wonders curriculum and it does not do a good job of explaining what proverbs and adages are. Your product was exactly what I needed to supplement their curriculum. It truly helped my students understand. – The 5th Grade Renegade

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was a fun and VERY HELPFUL way to supplement my textbook! The kids' interest was piqued and they wanted to know more about ALL idioms and adages! As school went virtual, I easily adapted the lessons to digital activities with Google Slides and I know their writing gained a better sense of description and some humor as well! - Darilyn D.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ My students enjoyed this resource as a part of a week-long lesson. They were able to understand the material easily without me having to over-explain it. Students enjoyed the sayings and were even able to bring a few up later on in the school year. The material was written with kids and their daily lives in mind. This is a great resource to use as a whole group activity, partner work, and even independent work for those kiddos who love to go out on their own! - Kaitlynn P.

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Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.


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