Saturday, February 23, 2013

Teaching Figurative Language with Commercials


I don't think advertisement creators know what a blessing they are to teachers. I love the La Quinta and  GEICO commercials. This commercials are PERFECT for teaching figurative language. I've created a freebie for you to go along with the commercials. The Kicking Butt and Taking Note's commercial is not included in my printable because I teach 4th grade, and  the Boss Man would not let me use that one in the classroom. If you teach older students, use it as a model for how to complete the printable. I know the kids would find it hilarious. 

This is how I would use these in the classroom.
Day 1: Idioms
1. Discuss what an idiom is.
2. Write an example on the board. (Draw picture of the literal and write the actual meaning like in the printable.)
3. Show the commercials and have students complete the printable.
4. Go over the answers to the printable.

Day 2: Similes
1. Discuss what makes a smile.
2. Show several GEICO Happier Than commercials. (Will need to change it to Happy As)
3. Assign the Happy As Commercial Challenge
4. Let students share their commercials.
Don't have access to YouTube at school??? NO PROBLEM!!! Drum roll please...... The wonderful amazing Nicole from Teaching With Style has a fantastic tutorial for saving YouTube videos to your flashdrive. Click HERE for the tutorial and be sure to follow that gal because she has some great techie tips for you, and this one is super easy. Thanks Nicole! . I know your students are going to love these figurative language lessons! If your students need more help with figurative language, check out my Writing Aerobics a Yearlong Spiraling Figurative Language Writing Program. Boy, that's a mouth full, but this little gem will have your students begging for figurative language practice. It takes less than 5 minutes a day, and I play a game with it. The kids love it! Ive been using this for more than 5 years in my classroom, and it really works. If you want to grab a copy from my store, just click on the picture.
Let me know what your favorite lesson is for teaching figurative language! Good luck creating magic in your classroom!

23 comments:

  1. This is SO much fun. My fifth graders will love looking for the examples of figurative language in these commercials. Thanks for sharing, Stacy @new-in-room-202.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks, Stacy! Kids love commercials. Heck, I do to. It's the only reason I watch the Super Bowl:) Thanks for commenting!

      Selina

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  2. I LOVE this!!! What a great way to involve visual literacy. I am your newest follower.
    -Julie
    The Techie Teacher

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  3. Thank you! I'm already a follower on your blog.

    Selin

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  4. This is such a cute idea! Figurative language is tricky.

    Heather

    All the Dots

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  5. New subby here, I absolutely LOVE your figurative language activities! What a great way to provide my students with additional support. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you! I love to use video clips in my lessons. I've been using Nicole's YouTube trick all day. I used to use Zamzar but they stopped letting you download YouTube, and I've really missed it. I like to organize my videos in folders so I have it year after year.

      Selina

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  6. Hi Selina, Question, what video did you use for On the Bright Side? My students LOVED the activity. I found a La Quinta video called on the bright side, it was completely different than the others.

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    1. Denise,

      There are several different On the Bright Side commercials. Any of them will work. I just chose that one because it made me laugh. I'm so happy to hear they liked it!

      Selina

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  7. What a fun idea! Thanks for highlighting my tutorial, too :)
    Nicole
    Teaching With Style

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    1. Thank you for that amazing tip! I've been saving YouTube videos like a crazy woman:)

      Selina

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  8. This is a great idea...but similies use like or as not "than" that is a hyperbole

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    1. Yes, I was assuming the teacher would turn it around and say, "As happy as ________. " I don't have to teach what a hyperbole is, so that's how I approached it. Sometimes teachers have to do a little stretching to make it work:)

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    2. I just reread it and you are right. I guess I had a brain fart:) I've always taught it as like or as. I made this printable for my blog readers and didn't test in the classroom. Thanks for pointing it out for me. I made the changes!

      Selina

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  12. Wow! I'm making the transition from teaching 3rd grade to 7th grade LA this year and LOVE this :-) I've never seen the "Kicking Butts and Taking Names" commercial . . . hilarious!! Thanks so much for sharing! I'm a new follower for sure!

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    1. Holy cow, 3rd to 7th? I think I would be scared to death:) Good luck!!! I'm sure to will be fantastic.

      Selina

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    2. Great activity!!! I just moved up from 2nd to 8th grade LA and I love using any videos i can get my hands on for my kiddos. If you use MY Big Campus, you can up load YouTube videos on there and the students can log on and watch them again whenever they want. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. What are the first two videos under idioms? I am unable to open them. Thanks!

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