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Idiom for the day activities that help ELL students

Idiom for the day is a great way to involve students in learning how figurative language works. Having seasonal idioms may make it more relevant to the students’ learning.

What is an idiom?

An idiom is a common expression that means something different than its literal meaning. For example, you hit the nail on the head means you are correct. Idioms allow people to say things in a more interesting way. Instead of wishing someone good luck you might say, “Break a leg.” We hear idioms in the media. Often times, writers use idioms to draw readers in. Understanding and practicing idioms will help students build their vocabulary and inferencing skills.

Idiom for the day routines


Idiom graphic organizers help students organize their thinking. The four square organizer has four categories: picture, meaning, sentence, and antonyms. This works great for bell ringers or as a literacy station. It is important not to overwhelm students with a list of idioms. Using idiom for the day routines will help English Language Learners gain a deeper knowledge of language expression and development. You can provide students with a sentence using the idiom for the day and discuss its meaning. Then, have students write their own sentence and find a picture for the idiom.

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