Read aloud the book More Parts by Tedd Arnold. Ask students what they thought about all the sayings (idioms) that the main character talked about. For example, “Like when my dad asked me if I would please give him a hand,” or “I bet that broke your heart.” Then tell students that these sayings are called “idioms.” An idiom is not meant to be taken literally; it is just a figure of speech. Then give them an example like “it’s raining cats and dogs outside.” Discuss how this figure of speech does not mean that it is really raining cats and dogs, it just means that it’s raining hard outside.
Students will develop a deeper understanding of figurative language by identifying the literal representations of idioms through class discussions, making connections between idioms and their personal experiences, as well as able to determine the meaning of an idiom using context clues.
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