Figurative Language Worksheets & Games for Idioms, Similes, and Metaphors


Do your students need to amp up their word choice in writing?

Do your students need help understanding figurative language in their reading?

Becoming more familiar with idioms, similes, and metaphors can help you solve both these problems.

These activities were designed to help you guide students to understanding the difference between different types of figurative language.  This will make it easier for them to identify idioms, similes, and metaphors in their reading as well as incorporate figurative language in their writing.

Understanding and using figurative language can help students grow as communicators, both in written and oral form. This set of figurative language worksheets and activities is the perfect starting point for both.

Whether you use the print or digital versions of these activities, your students will stay engaged as they dive deep into idioms, similes, and metaphors.  Either way, there is something to love about all the figurative language activities.

Printable Resources

The very low-prep printable resources include a hands-on sort with suggestions for use, 4 figurative language worksheets, two games to practice idioms, similes, and metaphors, and an assessment.

Printable resources are perfect for

  • Morning Work
  • Homework
  • Assessment
  • Centers
  • Small Group Work
  • Spiral Review

Digital Resources

Because digital versions are included, your students have a paperless way to use the figurative language activities.

Digital resources are perfect for

  • Sending work to absent students
  • Display on interactive whiteboard for whole-group practice
  • Lessen the piles of paper
  • Easy grading
  • Accommodate students with fine motor needs

Digital drag and drop figurative language activities for Google Classroom  Try these fill-in the blank activities to practice idioms similes and metaphors

When your students finish these activities, they will have a stronger understanding of idioms, similes, and metaphors as well as some inspiration & resources to help them use more figurative language in their writing.

What’s included?

► An anchor chart for idioms, similes, and metaphors in color, black & white, and sized for an interactive notebook

► A foldable to help students remember the difference between similes, metaphors, and idioms

► A sort including headings, 30 figurative language cards, directions, a recording sheet, and an answer key.

► A print-friendly version of the sort

► A list of 10 suggested uses for the figurative language cards

► Three figurative language worksheets to practice idioms, similes, and metaphors in isolation.

► A worksheet to distinguish similes and metaphors

► A spinner game

► A dice game

► An assessment of understanding the differences between similes, metaphors, and idioms.

► Answer Keys are provided as appropriate

►Seven digital activities (including a self-checking Form) set up for Google Classroom