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Humorous Videos to Introduce Figurative Language

Figurative language can be a challenging concept in for upper elementary and middle school, especially when integrating into writing. Starting with a figurative language unit and bundled activities including vocabulary flipbooks and comprehension passages can help your students learn and practice these difficult concepts. It’s simple enough to memorize definitions and terms, but when it comes to applying knowledge, it can be hard to make connections. Couple this awesome unit with video! Video is one way to help your students visualize figurative language, and when they’re funny, they’ll really be memorable! Here are some humorous videos to introduce figurative language.

HYPERBOLE

This may be an exaggeration, but hyperbole is the greatest type of figurative language in the world! Of course, that is a hyperbole (extreme exaggeration) in itself. Elementary and middle school students love the silly cheesiness in Flocabulary videos. One of our faves is “What is Hyperbole?” which boasts a cool beat and rhymes like, “Hyperbole, I know you heard of me!“ The video also talks about ways this figurative language type is used in real life and literature.

IDIOMS

The word idiom is silly in itself. Phrases that don’t reflect their literal meaning are called idioms. For example, when it’s raining cats and dogs, there are not felines and canines pouring from the sky. Of course, it’s just raining very hard. Mr. Palindrome’s videos are super goofy, but even your middle-grade kids will laugh and find them memorable. Remember, a little silliness goes a long way to jogging memory in this age group. My. P’s idiom video is one of the funniest ones on his channel!

METAPHORS

A metaphor is a type of figurative language comparing two things with some quality in common without using like or as. I giggled at Alden Phelp’s song where he argues with a metaphor that is constantly throwing metaphorical insults his way. Don’t worry! The song has a happy ending with a metaphor friendship. Your kids will laugh and want to create their own goofy metaphor songs.

SIMILE

Using cartoons or other movies to teach figurative language will make your students smile, laugh, and most of all remember the terms. Who better to teach the concept of similes (comparing two things with some quality in common using like or as) than Shrek? This silly clip has Shrek talking to Donkey comparing ogres to onions.

ALLITERATION & RHYME

Repetition of consonant sounds at the beginning of words (alliteration) or repetition of sounds at the end of words (rhyme) are sound devices that my students love to use in poetry. The videos by Advocate of Wordz has a high pitched cartoon narrator that breaks things down in a cool and fun way that elementary and middle schoolers are sure to enjoy! Your students will even learn about the different types of rhyme. Awesome!

MAKE YOUR OWN VIDEOS!

My students love to see themselves on camera. Even the most timid kids enjoy performing in small groups. Teaching figurative languages with Readers Theater Scripts is fun for both teachers and students. Readers Theater gives a students a chance to perform and experience a drama unit while working with and learning with figurative language. These particular scripts include simile, metaphor, idioms, onomatopoeia, oxymoron, personification, alliteration, and hyperbole for a fantastic figurative language study! Grab a tablet or a smartphone to have your students create their own figurative language videos through their Readers Theater performances.

Let your students laugh and have fun learning about different types of figurative language to identify and use in prose and poetry. Videos are so helpful in engaging multiple senses. Your students will hear and see the concept. By having the explain verbally what they’ve learned and writing out (or typing) notes, they can also activate more ways to remember and retain information. Your students will love these humorous videos to introduce figurative language.

NEED SOME BOOKS TO TEACH FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE?

These are some of my favorites to use when I teach this skill.

In a Pickle book

An Onomatopoeia AdventureDalton's Dress-Up Dilemma

Chips and Cheese and Nana's Knees book

You're Toast

Using Simple Reading Strategies in the Classroom

Reading is my JAM!

I was born into a family of readers, it came naturally to me. It wasn’t until I started teaching upper elementary that I understood how difficult reading comprehension really can be for some kids. When I first started teaching it was to very young children in Title I schools, some that were from families that spoke no English, came from broken homes, were in foster care, or were expected to “parent” themselves at a young age. When a younger student struggled in reading it made sense why.  Being fairly new to the profession, I just assumed that after a few years of practice, they would catch up to where they needed to be. After moving onto teaching 4th & 5th graders a few years later it became very apparent that reading just “clicking for kids” did not happen for all. There were students in my class that could even read on a first-grade level. Shocked wasn’t a word to describe how I felt for my kids, there has to be a way to get them to learn. What they did not realize was that reading was everything, and they were missing it. I dug in deep with my kids using reading strategies and saw growth with my class. Some very little growth, some at the very end of the year, but it was clear that using strategies was key for kids.

SIMPLE READING STRATEGIES

Keep it simple is key!

I spent much of the beginning of the school year discussing reading strategies. I used the saying “When we READ we take a TRIP”. Trip should for, T= THINK, R= READ, I= INQUIRE, P= PROVE. I would explain to my class how to use the reading strategy in whole group, I would do the lesson in small groups, over and over. If a student didn’t use their strategies they couldn’t turn in their paper. It eventually stuck with the children in my classroom, and this is when results started to show. 

The Good Ole' Reading Passage

Most kids grunt, groan, roll their eyes, fake like they fell out of a chair ( I have seen it ALL!) when a reading comprehension passage is mentioned. They are such a powerful tool for a teacher though. When used with reading strategies this is the perfect visual for a teacher to see where a student struggles.

I understood that if I wanted my students to love reading, I had to provide them with material that was actually enjoyable to read. Writing reading passages has become something I am very passionate about, but secretly it is because READING is my JAM!

Marcy’s Mayhem

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