This morning we did one of my favourite literacy activities!
To begin, I showed students a strange picture and asked them to describe it.
Next, we gathered together to share our pictures with one another. Then I told students that I was going to read some sentences aloud to them; each sentence matched one of the pictures, so they needed to listen carefully and tell me if they thought that the sentence matched their picture.
As we were matching the pictures, some students noticed that they had heard some of these sentences before, like “my nose is running”. After we matched all the pictures to the sentences I explained to students that the sentences were idioms – phrases that we say but don’t literally mean; the pictures were the literal meaning of the sentences – what someone who doesn’t understand the idiom might visualize.