Figuring Out… Figurative Language

Thank you to those scholars who are exercising their brains and allowing us to consider different points of view by posting your ideas on the embedded padlets.  I’m really enjoying reading your observations about the spelling words and your ideas about the “power of yet.” Know your thoughtfulness and effort are appreciated.

This morning, we spent some time figuring out and fiddling around with figurative language (including Mrs. Rupp’s favorite… alliteration).

In class, we used our Writers Express: A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners book as a multiple source for finding definitions and examples of each type of figurative language. These were recorded on the back side of the paper we started yesterday, which was folded into eighths. For those of you working at home, another document will be added to your Google Classroom on which you are challenged to write phrases or sentences about your break using the figurative language noted.

Scholarly Multiple Source: Mrs. Warner’s Learning Community

Brain Break: This catchy tune about similes and metaphors will be playing in your mind for the rest of the day.


Once we had a clear understanding of each craft element and had shared some examples, we were ready to apply our collection of ideas to a small moment memory personal narrative. (A Google Doc is available in your Google Classroom for drafting your small moment memory). Thinking like Cam Jansen, we went through all our mental snapshots from our break and sought to describe one of those moments in detail. Before starting, we reminded ourselves about other aspects of writing we had discussed earlier in the year including:

  1. Hooking the reader
    • Question
    • Quote / Dialogue
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Action
    • Anecdote
  2. Using Sensory Language
    • Sight
    • Sound
    • Smell
    • Taste
    • Touch
  3. Ba-Da-Bing
    • Where your feet went
    • What you saw
    • What you thought
  4. Conjunctions

After writing for a few minutes, one of our classroom authors was brave enough to share one of her “sleepy” sentences. As a class, we worked together to revise it, by using some of the strategies noted above. As we worked together, what was once a blurry picture became much more clear.

Scholarly Multiple Source: Revision Stations

(This resource includes ideas for reflecting on your writing with a growth mindset.)


Challenge: As you read, use your detective eyes to look for examples of figurative language used by authors.

Use the padlet below to save your ideas. Be sure to include the title of the book and credit the author in the title of the post. (A few examples are provided)

You can also use this space to capture your own original crafted creations.

Made with Padlet

Mid-morning, we headed over to Mr. Fitz’s classroom for… French. French? That’s right, French! Mr. Fitz challenged students to create an activity, task, game, etc. that could help others review and reinforce learning done in French so far this year. Together, we brainstormed a list of ideas, which included:

  • a magic square
  • word search
  • crossword
  • Mad Lib
  • memory / concentration game
  • ???

Over the next two days, each student will be working to create an activity to share with his / her classmates on Friday. For those of you working at home, you could also think of an activity, task, or game that you could do with your family members.

Today in math, we reviewed Lesson 3.6, which involved sharing unequal parts. Once again today, we used a variety of strategies (models, equations, words) to help us show evidence of our thinking. We also discussed how we could use our understanding of common numerators, common denominators, and equivalent fractions to justify our thinking.

Scholarly Multiple Sources: In addition to the Everyday Math lesson, IXL, and Khan Academy, the following videos from Ten Marks are great multiple sources.

Identifying Fractions with Number Lines

Identifying Equivalent Fractions Using Models and Number Lines

Comparing Fractions Using Common Numerators

Finding Equivalent Fractions with Models and Equations

Comparing Fractions Using Words and Symbols

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