All About Similes!

Today we FINALLY got to finish one of the activities we started last week. We've been working with similes. They are so fun! And when they start catching on to similes, they will find them WHENEVER they read. But we started off reading I'm as Quick as a Cricket.

Another good book for it is Crazy like a Fox.

Then, I had big papers around the room, and we did a little "scoot" activity (or if you're familiar with CRISS, it was a carousel activity). They had enough post -it notes for each color. At each color, they wrote what something could be compared to that color...

Afterwards, we shared each poster - just look at all those pretty colors!

Then it was time to write a rough draft - 

After I proofread it, then they got the neat copy.....

(I like how this one drew a little picture to show the object it was comparing them too.)

I LOVE how she colored the letters!

Click the pic to grab the freebie


ok...this was just so perfect - didn't even plan for this to happen, but it was just great how it happened!

We were reading our Scholastic News 
(it was from last year, but I kept it just because I knew I would want to use it again!)

In the article, it talked about how the Orchid Mantis looks LIKE a flower petal....and the Orange Dog Caterpillar looks LIKE bird poop (yes, it really did - best conversation ever - ha!), and the Katydid looks LIKE dried leaves...My kids were going crazy about the similes....SO, we ended up doing a Insect Simile...which is perfect since we've been doing insects!!  SEE? Perfect!

I'm off to plan for Tops and Bottoms - woo!


Brandee Green said...

Love the poster idea with the post-it's. :)
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Mrs. Lynes said...

I love your rainbows!!! So cute!

Michelle Hudgeons said...


Swersty said...

You mentioned 2 of my favorite books in your post--"Quick as a Cricket" and "Tops and Bottoms". Love the rainbows!
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Sarah Paul said...

I love those rainbow similes. Thanks for the book suggestions too!
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Love to Learn said...

Thanks so much for the freebie, it looks great! I've done those activities before but I've never heard them called "scoot" before. Glad I know the lingo now!

Love to Learn

Miss Squirrels said...

I am in love with this post because of the word "poop"
We don't even teach similes, but I will have to sneak in something a bug that looks like poop!!!!
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Kelley Dolling said...

It's official, I am moving to FL and returning to second grade . . . I want to be in your class!! Big hugs Jen :)

Teacher and Life Long Learner said...

Your ideas are as colorful as the rainbow! THANK YOU!

theroommom said...

Love teaching figurative language. I teach 4th grade, and while we read novels, we keep journals with simile lists. It works really well for year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Lord.

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