Idioms Instructional Video
Review Video & Follow These Instructional Guidelines
Idioms are one of the most difficult types of figurative language to teach. Because the words expressed intentionally do not match their intended meaning, the concept is completely abstract. Idioms are particularly confusing for English Language Learners and younger students. The GrammarSong video “Idioms” connects with students because the story line is so memorable. A young man is confused when his family communicates with him using idioms. The video provides several examples of common idioms to help build the concept for students. Recognizing examples of idioms as they come up in every day conversation is key to connecting this abstract concept to real life!
- Complete grammar sheet game “Idiom Match” and grammar sheet “Idiom Fun.”
- Extra Engagement: Invite students to draw literal representations of idioms to create an idiom book. Be sure each literal picture explains the true meaning of the idiom on the bottom of the page.
- Notice idioms being used in everyday speech and when reading.
- Advance to Fifth Grade Recommendations as needed.
- Complete grammar sheet game “Idiom Match” and grammar sheet “Idiom Fun” if needed.
- Extra Engagement: Use the information provided within the grammar sheets as a whole class review on the smart board or interactive whiteboard.
**Complete activities under “Idioms Literature and Writing Activities.”**
***Review multiple forms of figurative language simultaneously by Using the “Figurative Language 'I Do...We Do...' Introduction” activity using a smart board or interactive whiteboard. Complete the “Hands-On Figurative Language Lesson.”***
***As a teacher-led center activity, complete the “Analyzing Figurative Language” activity. For independent follow-up, or using a partner or cooperative learning structure, complete grammar sheets “Figurative Language Fiesta” and “Figurative Language Comprehensive Review.”***