A quick upload: this is a pretty straight forward worksheet to expose students to the concept that idioms are culture specific. I’ve found some idioms on a couple of websites, transferred them to a worksheet, and invited students to guess what they might mean.
I’d use this in an introductory lesson for a poetry or creative writing unit, where I’m trying to get students to understand the difference between ‘figurative’ and ‘literal’. A tip: look on Youtube for videos of kids acting out idioms literally. Lots of fun to be had. Another fun one is to get kids to act out or draw idioms, getting the class to guess a la Pictionary or Charades.
Anyway, here’s the Word doc:
- DOWNLOAD DOCX > Not My Idiom Activity
See the original websites here:
- Batt, H., & Torgovnick-May, K. (2015, January 20). 40 brilliant idioms that simply can’t be translated literally. Retrieved May 6, 2016, from TED: https://blog.ted.com/40-idioms-that-cant-be-translated-literally/
- Mac. (2016). 10 Fascinating Idioms in Different Languages. Retrieved May 6, 2019, from TakeLessons: https://takelessons.com/blog/idioms-in-different-languages-z14