Package 3-3: Creating similes

This is the third of three lessons which will encourage children to create their own similes.

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Before your child starts

This is the third of three lessons which aim to build student understanding of creating similes.

What is simile

A simile is a figure of speech that compares two usually dissimilar things. The comparison starts with like, as, or as if. For example, ‘as soft as silk’ and ‘he ran like the wind’.

Literary devices

Literary devices are used in texts to connect with the reader and convey meaning. As your child reads they may be beginning to recognise literary devices used by authors. Your child may now be beginning to learn how to explain why the author has used the device. In narratives or stories, authors might use literary devices such as personification, similes, alliteration, onomatopoeia and imagery to engage the reader and allow them to visualise the setting and characters.

Figurative language

Figurative language creates comparisons by linking the senses and concrete to abstract ideas. Words or phrases are used in a non-literal way for particular effect, for example simile, metaphor, personification. Figurative language may also use elements of other senses, as in hearing with onomatopoeia (crack! pop!).

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about simile. The teacher will guide your child as they learn how to identify, explain and create examples of simile.

Throughout the lesson, your child will be asked to pause the video to complete an activity on the activity sheets.

What your child can do next

Your child will be completing a range of activities, including:

  • reviewing what a simile is
  • completing examples of simile
  • creating similes using images.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Have your child complete simple similes with more familiar connections, for example, as smooth as silk, as fast as Usain Bolt and so on.

Activity too easy?

Your child could create an extended description of the image using similes.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might create a short script where the characters must use a simile when talking.

Activity sheet 1: Completing similes

Your task:

  • Complete the similes which use either “as...as”, “like” or “as if”

  • Add extra detail with adjectives and verbs to help your reader visualise your simile.

Simile 1:

The candle burned as hot as

Simile 2:

Jarrod knew that he needed to be as quiet as

Simile 3:

The rosy-red balloon took to the sky like a

Simile 4:

The tomatoes looked as fresh as

Simile 5:

The kangaroo jumped as if

Simile 6:

The pearls shimmered

Activity sheet 2: Completing similes

Your task:

  • Use the image to brainstorm vocabulary to describe it.

  • Create as many similes as you can using words from your brainstorm.

Photo by Chas McGregor on Unsplash

  • Brainstorm:

  • Simile examples:

Challenge:

  • Create a description of the image using similes.
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