Take a Shot at Idioms!

Contributor: Danielle Childers. Lesson ID: 10209

There are more idioms than you can shake a stick at! Your writing will take off like a rocket when you learn how to use idioms to spice up your writing! You'll be sharp as a tack and and cool as ice!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed this morning, or did you sleep like a baby last night? Hopefully, you slept like a baby and are ready to tackle this lesson!

Though you may not have a "wrong" side to your bed or are a "baby," the statement may have meaning to you.

Both of these phrases are called idioms. Idioms are word combinations that have a meaning different from their literal meaning.

For example, if you were afraid to try a new food, your parents might say, "Just give it a shot." The literal meaning would be put a shot of medicine in the new food, and that would be silly! "Give it a shot" is a combination of words that means "to try out something," like trying out the new food.

As an English speaker, many of you grew up learning idiom phrases, and use them daily without even recognizing them. Authors use idioms to create a more interesting story.

Explore more about idioms in this funny Idioms and Their Meanings video created by Mr. Webb's Class of fifth graders to show the literal and figurative meaning of idioms. Listen for any idioms you have not heard of before. Think of one idiom you can act out for your teacher:


You will get a kick out of the fun practice in the Got It? section!

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