Here is a short ELA lesson combining the animal flash cards with the idioms activities on Making Camp Premium – specifically whichever one it is that involves animal idioms.
This PDF is free and downloadable. Print them out and use them for practicing the names of 25 animals in both Spanish and English! This can support ESL and your Spanish language class.
Your kids will first assemble an idioms book. Click here to see the Idioms Book Activity. If you are working with just a few kids, then you can make them yourself ahead of time. Have your kids pick some animal idioms to illustrate in their Book of Idioms.
Here are some common idioms fork kids to illustrate in the Book of Idioms.
|dogs||go to the dogs||to make matters worse|
|fish||like a fish out of water||someone uncomfortable in a specific situation|
|turtle||to turn turtle||a boat that is capsizing OR to turn upside down|
|rabbit||to pull a rabbit out of a hat||to suddenly do something clever|
|monkey||to monkey around||to waste time or to be unhelpful|
|hippo||hippo in a haystack||refers to something that’s obvious|
|butterfly||to get butterflies in one’s stomach||to be nervous|
|bear||bear||a challenging task or problem|
|pig||pigs might fly||expression of disbelief|
|donkey||donkey’s years||a long time|
|duck||a sitting duck||person or a thing with no protection against an attack|
|cow||a cash cow||a business or product that yield a profit|
|squirrel||to squirrel something away||to put something in a safe place|
|eagle||eagle eye||keen ability to watch out for things OR describes someone who has sharp vision|
|raccoon|| to have raccoon eyes||To appear tired|
|horse|| don’t look a gift horse in the mouth||don’t critique a gift|
|fox||sly as a fox||to be crafty or dishonest|
|goat|| to get someone’s goat||to make someone angry|
|hummingbird||A little bird told me…||used to say that the speaker knows something but prefers to keep the informant a secret|
|bee||to be the bee’s knees||someone or something outstandingly good or impressive|
|sheep||black sheep||describes the social misfit, usually in a family|
|chicken||to chicken out||to become too scared or apprehensive about something|
|rooster||to wake up with the roosters||to wake up early at dawn|
|bull||to take the bull by the horns||to bravely take on a challenge or tackle a large problem and situation|
|mouse||a game of cat and mouse||a pursuit involving cunning maneuvers made to thwart an opponent|
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.