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.

Animal Idioms

Here are some common idioms fork kids to illustrate in the Book of Idioms.

dogsgo to the dogsto make matters worse
fishlike a fish out of water
someone uncomfortable in a specific situation
turtleto turn turtle
a boat that is capsizing OR to turn upside down
rabbitto pull a rabbit out of a hat
to suddenly do something clever
monkeyto monkey around
to waste time or to be unhelpful
hippohippo in a haystack
refers to something that’s obvious
butterflyto get butterflies in one’s stomach
to be nervous
bearbeara challenging task or problem
pigpigs might fly expression of disbelief
donkeydonkey’s years
a long time
ducka sitting duck
person or a thing with no protection against an attack
cowa cash cow
a business or product that yield a profit
squirrel to squirrel something away
to put something in a safe place
eagleeagle 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
foxsly as a fox
to be crafty or dishonest
goat to get someone’s goat
to make someone angry
hummingbirdA little bird told me…
used to say that the speaker knows something but prefers to keep the informant a secret
beeto be the bee’s kneessomeone or something outstandingly good or impressive
sheepblack sheep
describes the social misfit, usually in a family
chickento chicken out
to become too scared or apprehensive about something
roosterto wake up with the roosters
to wake up early at dawn
bullto take the bull by the horns
to bravely take on a challenge or tackle a large problem and situation
mousea game of cat and mouse
a pursuit involving cunning maneuvers made to thwart an opponent


Grades 3-5

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.

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