Package 2-1: Similes – Part 1

In this package your child will watch a video of a lesson about what a simile is. The teacher will guide your child as they learn how to identify, explain and create examples of similes.

Week 3 - Package 1 - Year 5 & 6 English/literacy - Exploring simile

Things your child will need

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Before your child starts

This lesson is one of three which aims to build student understanding of what a simile is.

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, or in combination as in synaesthesia.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about what a simile is. 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.

By the end of the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to be able to:

  • understand what a simile is
  • demonstrate their understanding with examples and non-examples of similes
  • use an image to brainstorm similes.

What your child can do next

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

  • creating a broadcast or tweet about their understanding of a simile
  • creating examples and non-examples of simile
  • brainstorming vocabulary to help create similes based on an image.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Work with your child to complete a range of predictable similes, such as, as light as a…

Activity too easy?

Your child might find examples of simile within texts they are reading and find ways to rewrite them as non-examples.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might create an advertisement for a product with a simile slogan, for example, the cupcake is as soft as the fur on a newborn kitten. The advertisement could be a poster or a film.

Activity sheet 1: What is and isn’t a simile?

Read the following tasks and type or write your answers under the headings:

  • Think of some similes you might have heard before that use “as…as”, “like” or “…as if”.
  • Think about a way to write your simile so that it is NOT an example of a simile​

What is a simile?


What isn’t a simile?


Activity sheet 2: Using images to create similes

Your task:

Use the image to complete the following tasks:

  • Brainstorm vocabulary to match with the image (nouns, adjectives, verbs)
  • Create similes using your vocabulary.

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