Package 2-3: Similes – Part 3

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 3 - Year 5 & 6 English/literacy - Creating similes

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.

Ideal

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Before your child starts

This lesson is the final of three where students will bring together everything they have learnt so far to create their own more descriptive and sophisticated 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, 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 sheet.

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

  • revise their understanding on what a simile is
  • make improvements to simple similes
  • create sophisticated and descriptive examples of similes

What your child can do next

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

  • using a simple simile and make improvements
  • creating a vocabulary brainstorm
  • using a vocabulary brainstorm to create similes
  • adding detail to expand their similes.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

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

Activity too easy?

Your child might create their own simile poems.

Extension/Additional activity

Your child might create a short presentation about what makes an effective simile. This could be verbal, a poster or a digital presentation.

Activity sheet 1: Simile quadrant

Your task:

Read the following text extracts and complete the following tasks:

  • Complete and create the missing similes for Miss Trunchbull.
  • Choose a character.
  • Create a vocabulary brainstorm about the character.
  • Complete 4 similes for your chosen character.

Miss Trunchbull simile quadrant

Example Complete
Looks like
Sounds like
Her stomach bulged like a tightly strung salami. Her voice boomed…



Create your own Create your own
Smells like
Feels like
You can choose from the following or add your own: moth balls, dust, musty leather. You can choose from the following or create your own: oily face, scaly legs.

Your own character:

Complete a vocabulary brainstorm.

Looks like Sounds like

Smells like

Feels like

Your own character:

Complete a simile for each using as/as, like or as if.

Looks like Sounds like

Smells like

Feels like





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