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Students learn about figurative language

Jacob Brubaker Darst as a class clown.

The 3rd-grade language arts students at Godwin Elementary enjoyed a fun project to show their understanding of idioms as they completed their unit on figurative language.

Once the students created their costume or props illustrating the literal meaning of their idiom phrase, students in the school got to visit the gallery in the form of a reverse parade.

Teacher Meagan Turner was the organizer of the idiom exercise, and she was joined by fellow 3rd-grade teachers Mandy Pagano, Sally Figueroa, Lindsey Woodard and Jennifer Christensen in hosting the event.

“I was very pleased with their ideas,” Ms. Turner said. “The students had to brainstorm what the idiom they chose would look like literally. They also had to research the definition of the figurative meaning so they could post it for everyone to see.”

The end product was the equivalent of a riddle for students to decipher.

Some of the students with their idioms featured in the reverse parade included:

Michelle Calderon Hernandez holding an umbrella covered with stuffed cat and dog toys:

“It’s raining cats and dogs”

 Michelle Calderon Hernandez

Jackson Sutton with an extra mannequin head on his shoulder:

“Two heads are better than one”

 Jackson Sutton

Chicky Solis wearing a chocolate chip cookie outfit and a lightbulb over his head:

“He’s one smart cookie”

 Chicky Solis

Camila Hernandez in cat ears standing in a garbage sack:

“Don’t let the cat out of the bag”

 Camila Hernandez

Miguel Perez wearing glasses behind his head:

“He has eyes back in the back of his head”

 Miguel Perez with eyes in the back of his head.

Jacob Brubaker Darst in a clown suit:

“He’s a class clown”


Andres Diaz on top of a poster board covered in cotton balls with a big No. 9 label:

“He’s on cloud 9”

 Mrs. Baker looks at Andres Diaz on cloud 9.

“This is the first time we’ve tried this activity,” Ms. Turner said. “But it turned out so great, we will definitely continue this every year. The rest of the students in the school enjoyed stopping by to try and guess which idiom the kids were dressed like and learning their definition.”