Fun, motivating card games help students recognize and interpret idioms, indirect language, similes, and metaphors. Four decks of cards give a huge range of practice possibilities.
- Use context clues to interpret implied meaning and figurative language forms
- Understand and use idioms, indirect language, similes, and metaphors
Figurative Language Card Games is made up of four decks of playing cards. Each deck contains 52 suited cards for a total of 208 figurative language phrases. Each card presents a realistic, short, narrative passage that includes a figurative language phrase. Students use context clues within the passage to help them answer a multiple-choice question that addresses the meaning of the targeted phrase. A decoder is included if students want to self-check their answers. Directions for five game variations are also included, but the game possibilities are endless.
Deck 1: Idioms 1
You need to tell your teacher something. She stops what she's doing and says, "Okay. I'm all ears." What does "I'm all ears" mean?
a. I have big ears.
b. I'm listening to you.
c. I can't hear you.
Deck 2: Idioms 2
Your friend is angry with you. When you try to talk to her, she gives you the cold shoulder. What does "gives you the cold shoulder" mean?
a. compliments you
b. laughs at you
c. ignores you
Deck 3: Indirect Language
You're getting ready for school when your dad knocks on your door. He asks, "Do you know what time it is?" What does your dad mean?
a. You're late.
b. You have lots of time.
c. Is your watch working?
Deck 4: Similes and Metaphors
You're at the mall with your mom. You ask if you can go to the game store and meet her in an hour. She says, "That sounds like a plan." What does "sounds like a plan" mean?
a. sounds noisy
b. sounds impossible
c. sounds like a good idea
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- In a survey of educators and speech-language pathologists, respondents agreed that a good understanding of figurative language can benefit students both academically and socially by increasing effective communication and reading comprehension (Moshein, 2006).
- Figurative language instruction is a necessary component of the reading comprehension curriculum for at-risk students, who have particular difficulty understanding idioms and figurative expressions (Palmer & Brooks, 2004).
- The inability to interpret figurative language leads to a breakdown in text comprehension, which in turn, can frustrate readers and discourage them from continuing reading tasks, and can cause delays in later language development (Palmer & Brooks, 2004).
- Strategies should be employed to develop a child's skills at interpreting figurative language as this forms a substantial part of understanding language (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
Figurative Language Card Games incorporates the above principles and are also based on expert professional practice.
Moshein, J. (2006). Figurative language: A different model of communication. Advance for Speech-Language Pathologists, 16, 6.
Palmer, B.C., & Brooks, M.A. (2004). Reading until the cows come home: Figurative language and reading comprehension. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 47, 370-379.
Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.