Friday, November 6, 2015

Can you knock someone down with a feather? Literally?

2nd grade students in Mrs. Morris's and Mrs. Pippen's classes were all eyes and ears as I talked about the butterflies in my stomach. Can you guess what our lesson was about? 

If you guessed idioms, you hit the nail on the head. Idioms add color to the English language. They make what we read and write more interesting.Some can even be really funny. But recognizing and understanding what idiomatic phrases mean can be tricky. 

During this lesson students learned about figurative and literal language when I read “Even More Parts” by Tedd Arnold. While listening to the story, we discussed reasons why the idioms in the story couldn't be true and situations when one might use certain phrases. 
After listening to the story, students demonstrated their understanding of the literal meaning of common idioms by illustrating  them and writing their meaning. Below is just a sample of what students came up with. I think you'll agree - a picture is worth a thousand words. 

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