Ideas for Idiom Activities


I include an idiom template in the weekly idiom list. Here’s how we used it.

Each weeknight, Monday through Thursday, students completed a task to interact with the idioms. Here are the ones we used:

  1. Monday: Used the idioms in sentences: great for Monday night so you can check students’ understanding early.
  2. Tuesday: Sketched figurative and literal examples of the idioms: don’t look a gift horse in the mouth would lead to a sketch of a guy looking at a horse’s mouth and a sketch of someone questioning a gift.
  3. Wednesday: Researched an idiom’s origin: as explained here. Big discussion the next morning.
  4. Thursday: We’d conclude the week by “summarizing our weeks” using all five idioms. The only catch: I expected the summary to be completely made up. This lead to some fun read-alouds on Friday morning.

Please let me know what you come up with at