Free Figurative Language Interactive Notebook for 3rd Grade



    Want a tool to help you teach figurative language in an engaging way that your students can reference throughout the year? This free figurative language interactive notebook is just what you’re looking for!

    This notebook includes 18 interactive pages that cover all 8 types of figurative language and uses the “I SHAMPOO” acronym to help your students remember each type.

    There is a mini anchor chart and an activity page for each type and an overview of them all. The activity pages encourage students to define the types of figurative language in their own words, fosters the reading-writing connection, and challenge them to find various types of figurative language in their reading.

    Types of Figurative Language Included:

    • Idioms
    • Similes
    • Hyperbole
    • Alliteration
    • Metaphors
    • Personification
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Oxymoron
    • Plus, 2 overview pages including all 8 types of figurative language

    This Figurative Language Interactive Notebook Takes the Stress Out of Planning

    idioms book list from figurative language interactive notebook
    Book lists and lesson ideas are included to make planning your unit easier and faster.

    Book lists and lesson ideas for each type of figurative language are included to make planning your figurative language unit a breeze. Don’t waste another second scouring the internet for “the perfect book.”

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    This figurative language interactive notebook comes with a version that is compatible with Google Slides. These are great for use on student devices or projected as a teaching tool during your lesson.

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    Here are a few notes on how I use this figurative language interactive notebook:

    1. I start with a read aloud from the figurative language book list. I use this read aloud time to give the students a sense of the story rather than discuss the figurative language that the author used. This way we can refer back to the story as we learn each type. (It also helps when coming up with examples as they learn the types.)
    2. Then I introduce the figurative language overview interactive page, but we only add one type at a time as they’re introduced. I do this for two reasons: 1) So I don’t completely overwhelm and confuse the crud out of them and 2) to leave a little mystery for what’s to come. I don’t know why this works so well, but it always ends up making them more excited to learn the next ones.
    3. I skip the found figurative language page until all types are taught as well.
    4. Then for each type, I introduce it with the mini anchor chart, read a book from the list (stopping to point out and discuss the figurative language), and finish with the interactive notebook page as guided practice. The interactive notebook pages can be as scaffolded as needed. You can complete them as a class, with partners, or even independently. Whatever your kids need works.
    5. I like to make as many books from the book lists available for the kids to read as I can. I usually put them up on near the board or house them in a special spot in the class library. They’d also be great to put in a buddy reading station if you have one of those.
    6. Once all the types have been taught, we return to the found figurative language interactive notebook page (p. 9 from the download). I like to have the kids complete this during independent reading, but you can use it however you see fit.

    Important Note:

    You’ll want to teach each type on a different day. Don’t try to cram it all in at once or you will all certainly hate the lesson and likely each other by the end of the day. Plus, they won’t retain a drop of what was covered if you rush through it all.

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