Package 3-4: Midnight in gnome city - Part 1

This is the first of two lessons that focus on how authors use inference to communicate a message.

Week 4 - Package 4 - Year 5 & 6 English - Midnight in gnome city Part 1

Things your child will need

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


  • Lesson video
  • Activity sheets 1, 2 and 3
  • Pen or pencil
  • Highlighters, coloured pencils or textas

Back up

Before your child starts

This lesson focuses on identifying language that creates tone and atmosphere. We will be looking in depth at idioms, finding examples in the text Midnight in Gnome City by Terry Lavelle and identifying their meaning.

This may be the first time your child listens to or reads the text, so reading it together can assist them in getting a sense of the story.

What is an idiom?

An idiom (or a saying) is a phrase that isn’t supposed to be taken literally. Often an idiom means something completely different to what you think it does. Idioms, and the way they are understood are often unique to a country or language.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about idioms and will complete a series of activities relating to this. The teacher will guide your child as they learn about this concept.

Throughout the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to:

  • understand the meaning of some common idioms.
  • develop an understanding of how authors use idioms to create tone and atmosphere.

What your child can do next

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

  • expressing the literal and inferential meaning of idioms.
  • matching idioms to their meaning.
  • finding examples of idioms in texts.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Work with your child, giving them opportunities to discuss the meanings of idioms with you.

Your child might need support to complete the first few activities before they feel confident

enough to attempt the rest independently.

Activity too easy?

Your child might research some other common idioms and might find out their origins.

Extension/additional activity

Your child might like to use some of the idioms explored in their own sentences, paragraphs or in a story they are writing. They might also like to research the origin of some idioms.

Activity sheet 1: Idiom images

Part 1 - Idiom Images

  • Think about the phrase ‘hit the sack’.
  • Draw what you think it means.

Part 2 - Idiom Images

  • Think about the phrase: I’m so tired, I think I will hit the sack.
  • Draw what you think it means.

Activity sheet 2: Idiom Match Up

Your task

  • Read each idiom
  • Draw a line to match it with the phrase that describes it best.
Idiom Phase

Put your eggs in one basket.

Time flies.

Bend over backwards.

Suck it up.

Stuck in a rut.

Spit it out.

Shoot yourself in the foot.

Pull your socks up.

Time passes quickly.

To stop complaining.

To put all your effort into one plan.

To go ahead and say something.

To improve your behaviour.

To try very hard to do something.

To do something that causes problems.

To live a boring, uneventful life.

Activity sheet 3: Identifying idioms

Your task

  • Read or listen to the text Midnight in Gnome City by Terry Lavelle.
  • Identify the idioms used in the text.
  • Write down on paper the 8 idioms used.
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