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Language and Communication understanding idioms  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

Description:

the pupil will understand common idioms

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Listening
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L2c
TAP skill:Language Understanding
TAP level:TAP64
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
DIY Idioms dictionary

Copies of idioms pictures, for example from Black Sheep press "Speech Bubbles" pack

School exercise book

Pen/pencil, scissors, glue

The following books may also be useful:

"Red Herrings and White Elephants: The Origins of the Phrases we use Every Day" by Albert Jack (Metro Publishing, 2004)

"Idioms at work" by Vera McLay (Language Teaching Publications, 1987)

Explain that you are going to do some work on idioms. Explain that idioms are phrases that mean something different to what the words mean individually. Give a few examples that you think the student might already know (e.g. "pain in the neck", "get lost")

Using the exercise book, let the student make a title page for their book, saying "Idioms Dictionary" and giving a definition of an idiom - you can help the student compose their own definition

Let the student choose one idioms picture, cut it out and stick it in the book.

Discuss with the student the literal meaning of the idiom, as well as what it actually means.

Have the student write a definition of the idiom in the book, next to the picture. Also have them write a sentence using the idiom in context.

Continue to build up the collection of idioms over time.

The two books listed give many more examples of idioms, the student can continue to build up their bank of idioms after all the pictures have been used.

Some people find it easier to understand idioms if they know where the phrase comes from. "Red Herrings and White Elephants" gives the story behind many idioms - you may need to explain each one to the student.

Can you remember?

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Flash cards made from the idioms pictures from Black Sheep press "Speech Bubbles" pack

You could also work through the Speech Bubbles pack for more practice.

Bingo

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Idioms pictures from Black Sheep press "Speech Bubbles" pack of cards showing the meaning of the idioms.

Best as a group activity

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