I must admit that I have had one lesson that I meant to share since the first of spring. I was trying to figure out a way to share it, when this afternoon, I ran across Meg at The Teacher Studio and her Loved That Lesson Linky. I knew this was the perfect opportunity to share Springtime Similes.
I actually taught this lesson early in May. Normally, I do this lesson in the winter, but because of changes in our reading this year, I did not get around to reading the book Snowflake Bentley until May. I like using this book to discuss similes.
After sharing the book and discussing the similes, my student normally would create Snowy Similes, but because it is spring, we changed things up a bit and created Springtime Similes. To be truthful, I think these turned out even better than Snowy Similes! We simply took a large 12x 18 inch piece of paper, folded into a hamburger (in half), then folded it in half two more times. Then open the paper back up to see 8 sections. In the first section, students wrote "Springtime Similes" and decorated. Then in each of the remaining spaces, students thought of and wrote a simile related to spring and drew pictures. We have worked all year on similes, and similes is one of my favorite things to teach. Students love to find them, and as you can see from these posters, they love to write them. I must say so myself, some of these similes are really good!
I love this simile! I feel like a baby cub with its family so warm and loved. How sweet is that!
This student had fishing on his mind and is hoping to catch a big one!
There are many other books that are great to use with this activity.
Crazy Like a Fox by Loreen Leedy is fun and is fantastically told using only similes.
I LOVE this book: Marven of the Great North Woods by Kathryn Lasky. This is a biography of the author's father. It is a sweet story about a time in his childhood that his parents made the difficult decision to move Marven to a logging camp in hopes of protecting him from an influenza outbreak. Not only is this a wonderfully told story that your students will love, it is also full of unique similes.
You could also create Autumn Similes by using Hello, Harvest Moon. I love this beautifully written book!
Hopefully, you are now enjoying a restful and relaxing summer!
Have a blessed day!