Idioms for the ELD Learner

This Idioms for the ELD Learner lesson plan also includes:

Idiomatic expressions can be one of the trickiest parts of the English language. English learners use a variety of technological devices to create SmartBoard pages about idioms. Each person creates a portrayal of an idiom for the notebook based on the figurative and literal meanings.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have kids share their projects with their peers at a technological art fair or school film festival
  • Encourage kids not to name the idiom they are working on, and have the rest of the class try to guess
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is based on a classroom with a SmartBoard, but you could adapt it to fit your classroom's technological requirements
  • Designed for English learners, but could be effective for mainstream or advanced language arts learners
Pros

  • Encourages kids to think creatively, as well as to apply their knowledge of technology to their growing knowledge of language arts
  • Project is open-ended for kids to explore their own interpretations and definitions
Cons

  •  Concept behind the lesson is good, but you'll need to bulk up the procedures and background knowledge in your instruction