In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about similes and figurative language. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Similes topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Similes
Have students write silly similes comparing two unlike things. Remind them to use the words like or as in their examples. Have students share their similes with the class and together write a short story that uses the similes. Discuss and choose a topic and brainstorm different ideas and characters in the story. Then write the story together. You may wish to have students write the story in their notebooks and illustrate the story with pictures.
Fill in the Blanks
Use index cards or scraps of paper and write similes with blanks, such as “She was _____ as a ______!” or “He _____ like a ______.” Have students fill in the blanks with their own ideas. Encourage students to be creative and make comparisons of two very unlike things. Remind them that similes are often entertaining and colorful and help illustrate a point. Have the class share their similes.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Similes
Remind your child that poems often use similes. Find examples of poems in the library or on the Internet that use similes. Then together write a poem using similes. You may want to write a poem about your family or a memory, such as a vacation or a holiday celebration. You can post your child’s poem in your home, distribute copies to family members, or put it in a family album or scrapbook.
Take a walk with your child in your neighborhood or a park. Take turns making up similes about things you see. For example, you might say “The tree is as tall as a skyscraper!” Encourage your child to employ exaggeration or even understatement. Have your child come up with creative similes that compare two very unlike objects. Discuss how similes are entertaining and help bring conversation to life.