Today, I had a blast co-teaching fifth graders a lesson on similes and metaphors. This is a lesson I've done in various forms over the past three years when I taught Title I and co-taught ELA daily in the fifth grade room. I played through the video twice. During the first listen, students circle "simile" and/or "metaphor" for each song. The second time through, I pause after each song segment, providing students the opportunity to discuss their answers and any key words that helped them determine whether the clip contained a simile and/or metaphor. By using popular songs, students not only practice identifying similes and metaphors in a unique way, but they also are motivated and enjoy the lesson.
If you're looking for a fun and unique way for your students to practice identifying similes and metaphors, I encourage you to incorporate songs into your simile and metaphor instruction!
Today I had the opportunity to model a close reading lesson in a fifth grade classroom. The ELA unit the class is currently working through surrounds poetry and figurative language, so I chose to use the poem "My Grandmother Had One Good Coat" for the close read. Overall, I was pleased with the reading stamina of the class, the connections they made, and the evidence cited to defend their opinion regarding the author's purpose. I look forward to modeling additional close reading lessons in fifth grade, and at other grade levels this year.
Lesson Quick Facts:
Learning Target: I can use the main ideas and key details to make inferences and determine the main message of the text.
Read 1: What the text says
Highlight key words that help you determine what time of year it is.
Read 2: How the text works
What was the author's purpose for writing the poem?
Read 3: What the text means
Make connections to other texts, events in your life, tv shows/movies you've seen
Things to try next time: