“Giftedness is not what you do or how hard you work. It is who you are. You think differently. You experience life intensely. You care about injustice. You seek meaning. You appreciate and strive for the exquisite. You are painfully sensitive. You are extremely complex. You cherish integrity. Your truth-telling has gotten you in trouble. Should 98% of the population find you odd, seek the company of those who love you just the way you are. You are not broken. You do not need to be fixed. You are utterly fascinating. Trust yourself!”

Linda Silverman~Gifted Development Center Denver

Friday 1 February 2013

Figurative Language Freebie

This has been another busy but exciting week for me.  I was chosen to be a guest blogger for "The Teacher's Lounge" at Really Good Stuff.  I have a passion for teaching science, and they asked me to write about a favourite experiment.  You can read more about how to make a colourful kaleidoscope like the one your see above HERE.  This investigation aligns really well with the grade 4 topic Light and Sound but is fun to do with any age group.  I have created kaleidoscopes with students as young as first grade right up to adults.  I still love to create a new one each time I work with students.

In my grade six gifted program we started reading the novel Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.

I love the action and adventure in the story.  For each chapter the students are writing chapter summaries and character summaries using the Twitter Tweet Chapter Summary activity created by Tracee Orman.  I found this idea on Pinterest as a FREEBIE and you can get your own copy via Teachers Pay Teachers.

As they are reading the novel, students are also completing a literature unit I discovered on the Airborn.ca website.  A main focus of this unit is to teach students about common literary elements found in narrative texts.  Throughout the novel students are required to examine parts of the text and identify examples of figurative language.  Over the past few years, I have supplemented the literature unit mentioned above with handouts of my own.  Below is a handout I created for students to refer to when identifying figurative language.  I also have some great posters in my room which I use as anchor charts, but I like to also give students a handout to refer to when they need it.

If you would like your own copy to use with your students, please feel free to download your FREEBIE by clicking on the link below.

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  1. The figurative language poster is great and very student friendly

  2. Thank you! I hope you are able to use it with your students!