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 as 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!

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  • 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 putting medicine in the new food, which would be silly! Give it a shot is a combination of words that means to try out something, like trying out a 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 video that shows the literal and figurative meanings of idioms. Listen for any idioms you have not heard of before.

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  • Can you think of an idiom you could act out?

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

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