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Teaching Figurative Language in 2014

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s time for some updated figurative language song lyrics. Katy Perry’s “Firework” has run its course.

Here are 13 popular (school appropriate) song lyrics from the past few months full of figurative language examples.  Figurative Language-2014 Songs (PDF)

Frozen

Just one sample – The song Dee can’t stop singing, and a song that is so appropriate for this winter!

There are thousands of ways to use these lyrics (Ok…that may be a hyperbole.)

Some possible ideas:

1) Blow up and hang around the room as stations for students to visit.

2) Use one song a day for a bell-ringer activity.

3) Post one song on Schoology each night as a discussion.  Only after students reply with their findings, they can view other students’ posts.

4) Create QR-codes to link to videos with song lyrics.  (I will post a few of these here.  I started creating this QR-code activity and realized that our filter or wi-fi or some other technology demon prohibits us from accessing the videos. Maybe you will have better luck .)

Roar QR code

Here is a sample of the QR-code activity. The PDFs are below.

PDF files:

If you have any other song suggestions or activities, I’d love to hear them! Share in the comments.

Guinness World Records Lesson Plans

I spent a day last week creating what I will need for my Guinness World Record unit .

Activity #1 will kick things off and utilize the posters I purchased from Joann’s. This will be their first experience with the Educreations app. My primary focus of Part 1  will be taking photos with the camera, typing a sentence, and recording their voices.    Part 2 will be an individual writing activity where they will have to open and view a lesson in Educreations.

Activity #2 will focus on more academic skills while students summarize brief articles that can be found with QR codes.  Students will get experience with the i-nigma app to access the articles and they will have paper copies of the graphic organizer (shown below).  The PDF at the bottom of this post has the links and QR codes for 6 articles on the Guinness website.  I tried to choose stories that would be of interest to my students since I already know them.  You can create your own QR codes at http://www.kaywa.com
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Activity #3 will be informational text comprehension and I will use the leveled stories from the Guinness website.   Here are links to the selections written for Grades 3-6.  While students work on these independently (reading the article in iBooks) and I will be doing some writing with others.

Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 (These are all taken from the Guinness site)

Other files you may want or need:

Guinness Activity 1
Guinness Activity 2
Guinness Summary Chart

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