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Explain Those Idioms
Lesson Objective
Students will be able to successfully illustrate idioms in two ways (real and perceived meaning) I.e. ‘Burning the midnight oil’ real
meaning – burning oil at midnight, Perceived meaning – working late
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Long drawing paper
List of idioms (samples included in Step 3)
Art supplies markers/crayons/colored pencils
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Look at Step 2 prior to starting video.
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Begin the lesson by asking the student if they have ever heard of an idiom. Explain that an idiom is a common word or phrase that
has a cultural as well as an actual meaning. Start the video in Step 1. ( you can pause the video in between phrase to have the
student try to guess it’s perceived meaning)
Explain that sometimes it is easiest to show the different meanings in drawing form, which is what they will do today.
Hand out long the long drawing paper. Have the student fold the paper lengthwise in half and then in half twice widthwise. Have the
student choose four idioms they would like to draw from the list (samples given in Step 3). If needed, explain some of the idioms to
the student. In each box have the student draw a real meaning illustration and a perceived meaning illustration for each idiom.
Review each idiom with the student in relation to their drawing.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
What does it mean? (offline) game
Create a list of 10-15 idioms and ask the student to guess what it could mean. For an extra challenge, have the student create their
own idioms.
Earn FunBucks!
Submit your student created list of idioms with both Real and Perceived meanings and earn $5 FunBucks