Sunday, December 11, 2011
Similes & Metaphors with The Grinch
My favorite activity before Christmas is to introduce similes and metaphors using the song, "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch." I'm sure this is not an original idea, but the idea for this lesson did come to me as I was driving home from school three years ago and heard the song on the radio. What I'm sayin' is, I didn't intentionally borrow this lesson plan from anyone! First, I usually have a quick intro lesson on similes and metaphors. You know, the basics. Similes compare two things using like or as, metaphors don't. We look at some examples and students have some practice creating their own. The next day, or mini-lesson, whichever I see fit for the group I have, I pass out the words to the Grinch song and we listen to it on You Tube.
Next, I split students into random groups. Sometimes I do this by passing out Christmas icon cards and students have to find the matches. Other times I just use the random sorter in Smart Notebook. I give the students about 10-15 minutes to find as many similes and metaphors in the song. They then write their similes and metaphors here to display in the hallway and classroom.