Last month I shared my Figurative Language 3D Heart Craftivity. I have received amazing feedback from my students and teachers who have used this resource in their classrooms. I cannot tell you how my students have excelled in using the different types of figurative language in their oral language and in their writing. Last week, one of my students wrote, “They were like peanut butter and jelly.”, in their essay. I was completely taken aback by their use of it and how much it added to their writing. Not only has my student’s writing improved, but I have at least 3 students a day approach me with their AR book pointing out some sort of figurative language that they noticed. The look on their faces say it all! They are falling in love with figurative language.
The Figurative Language 3D Shamrock activity follows in the footsteps of the Heart one from last month. I am on my way to making an all year set of these and bundling them together for them to practice all year long. My student’s need constant practice with figurative language so that they can use it, spot it and interpret it. The familiarity of this product allows them to feel comfortable to take some risks in writing, which my class of English Language Learners need all the support they can get.
Included in this set are 7 posters that review what alliteration, idioms, personification, onomatopoeias, metaphors, hyperboles and similes. These can be used in their interactive notebooks as a reference page and/or printed out and put on the bulletin board.
As a class you can brainstorm different words that are related to St. Patrick’s Day on this think sheet, to inspire them as they write their sentences.
Each student will get a planning page that reviews each literary term, with an example and 4 spots for them to practice writing their own sentences using each figurative language.
These practice sheets are their rough drafts and the cooresponding shamrock template is the final draft. The shamrocks are where they write their 4 sentences on. Then, they decorate them and glue them altogether to create a 3d mobile.