I made some cards with 12 common similes as well as their definitions.
The next day, we reviewed what a metaphor was and completed the same activity. The new twist was that I also incorporated a few of the trickier simile cards from the day before. As students found a match, they had to state whether it was a simile or a metaphor. I gave them a new card, and they had to find a new match.
After completing these activities, I made them available as centers for students to use during word work, for writing inspiration, or when they have all their work completed.
Next, I typed out some paragraphs to see if students could determine the meaning of the figurative language based on the context.
Finally, I gave students some suggested pieces of figurative language for their writing. They didn't have to use these. They could choose their own if they wished.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend!