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Similes – Methods to Support Descriptive Writing in the Classroom

Make Descriptive Writing Fun with Our Simile Activity Sheet!

This Simile Activity Sheet is an effective tool when teaching the concept of similes. Similes are an important skill to learn, as they add emphasis and make descriptions more vivid. Students are encouraged to use similes in their descriptive writing to engage readers. However, creating suitable similes can be difficult for students when they are first introduced to the technique. Luckily, this activity sheet provides students with plenty of opportunities to practise and builds in difficulty.

Teachers can use the Simile Activity Sheet for a variety of purposes:

  • During Literacy Lessons: As a main task to help students understand similes.
  • Assessment: To assess whether students have understood the concept.
  • Homework: It makes a great homework task, complete with an answer sheet for parental support.

How to Use the Simile Activity Sheet:

  1. Match-Up Exercise: Students start with a ‘match-up’ exercise where they draw a line from a descriptive phrase to an animal that best fits the description.
  2. Fill in the Missing Word: Next, learners are given five words and five sentences with missing words. Their task is to fill in the missing words to create suitable similes.
  3. Imagination Exercise: The third task is more challenging and requires students to use their imaginations. They are given five sentences structured as similes with missing words and must use their own ideas to complete them.
  4. Self-Comparison Fun: The final exercise is lighthearted fun, where students must compare themselves and create similes relating to them.

Extension Activities and Fun Games for Further Practice:

Similes can be tricky for students to grasp. Here are some extension activities to give your students more practice:

  • Favourite Simile Illustration: Ask students to choose their favourite simile to illustrate. These illustrations can be displayed on a literacy working wall for the whole class to see.
  • Working Wall: Creating a working wall is a great way to support students in literacy lessons. Similes on the working wall can be used as inspiration when students are writing descriptive pieces.
  • A-Z of Similes Book: Students can enjoy creating an illustrated ‘A-Z of Similes’ book. Ask them to think of an object starting with each letter of the alphabet and create a simile to describe each object.
  • Silly Similes Game: Games increase engagement in any literacy concept. Play a game of ‘Silly Similes’ where the teacher names an object, and students are challenged to create the silliest simile they can.
  • Think-Quick Games: These games are good fun and guaranteed to create laughter. Provide students with objects or picture cards displaying objects. They must say the first simile that comes to mind relating to that object.

Let me know in the comments what other ways a teacher could use this activity in the classroom.

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