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5 ways to make teaching figurative language fun
Figurative language is a skill that can easily be made fun and engaging if taught in the right way. This standard can be included with any unit or lesson plan and can be found in most literature, songs, and even movies. 

1. Have Students Identify Figurative Language from Their Favorite Song
After students have reviewed figurative language, one activity that's a hit every year in my room is to have them find an example of figurative language from one of their favorite (appropriate) songs. For this activity, I post directions on the first Google Slide, an example on the 2nd slide, and then leave enough slides blank for students to find a slide and complete the activity. The video shows the directions I give, the example slide, and some of my students' work from this assignment. If you would like to use the template I did, which includes the directions and example slide, click HERE.

2. Figurative Language Digital Escape Room 
Students won't even realize they're actually doing work because digital escape rooms are much like a game. They complete activities and in some cases watch short videos as well (if the concept needs a more in-depth explanation). Once they complete the activity correctly, they will enter a code on the Google Form in order to move from one "room" to the next. This particular digital escape covers: similes, metaphors, personification, onomatopoeia, alliteration, idioms, hyperboles, and allusion. Check out the video below to see all that's included, and access the Figurative Language Digital Escape HERE.

3. Figurative Language in Songs
Using songs students are familiar with is a great way to introduce figurative language. This video provides examples of songs students know that includes figurative language, and then each type is defined. This is a more engaging way to have students take notes rather than just copying what the teacher writes. I also have interactive, drag-and-drop digital activities that first teach students about the different types of figurative language, and then have them identify figurative language in pop songs. You can check that out here.

4. Figurative Language Task Cards- Students love task cards. Why not make it into a game?! Put students into groups and see which group can identify the examples of figurative language correctly first. I made this digital and printable set just for you. It also includes the answers.

5. Use an Online Game Platforms- Quizizz, Kahoot, & Blooket are some of my students' favorite websites that allow you to have live games on whatever skill you choose to review. They all have ready-made games or you can create your own. There are other free review websites that I discussed here.

How do you incorporate figurative language into your lessons? What fun ideas can you share? I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.

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