Idioms all Around Us!

On our walk today, Pablo reminded me of another idiom!

After a long cold winter, we should take time to remember the good and beautiful things in life. That’s why Pablo always remembers to stop and smell the roses. Can you determine what, “Stop and smell the roses means?”


(Ok, yes these are tulips… but I don’t know any idioms about tulips!)

But! But! But!

In our guided reading groups this week the word “but” keeps coming up! We said that when “but” is in the middle of a sentence it often means that what comes after it will be the opposite of what came before it. For example: Mark was really tired, but he read his chapter book anyway!

This afternoon, Pablo gave me a great example of the use of “but” as well as an idiom! Here’s what happened:

Bit Off More than He Could Chew

Pablo loves going up stairs, but he’s not very good at coming back down. Looks like he’s bit off more than he can chew!

Can you figure out the idiom in that sentence?

More Crazy English!

Last week, we discussed how often times in English, authors use words and phrases that say one thing when they really mean something else. We said that figurative language helps authors “spice up their writing,” or make it more interesting.

We know when we say, “Kyan is a brain” we are using a metaphor to describe Kyan as smart!

Saying, “Nancy is as bright as a lightbulb,” is simile that is comparing Nancy to a lightbulb because she is bright. We can use our context clues to infer that this simile means Nancy is smart!

We also discussed personification. Can you think of some examples of times when we give human characteristics to things that are not human?

Idioms are another type of figurative language. Idioms are combinations of words that mean something very different than what they say. Here are some examples to think about:



Make your Writing more Interesting! Similes and Metaphors

This week we have been looking at figurative and literal language. We said that reading English text can be confusing because writers like to “spice up” their writing by adding in special language like similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and more! Here are some examples of figurative language we discovered while reading this week!

figurative language