Figurative Language Games & Activities for Middle School

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

There are many types of figurative language, and learning about them all can be a challenge. Help your students improve their knowledge, and have fun in the process, by using a few of these games and activities in your classroom.

Figurative Language Games and Activities

There are many kinds of figurative language: similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and many more. Helping students understand each of these types of figurative language is a major undertaking, so it helps to have some fun games and activities in your arsenal to keep students focused and learning. Check out a few of these ideas.

Match-Up Game

This game is pretty simple. Create some index cards containing examples of figurative language and other cards listing the names of those types of figurative language. Put each set of index cards in an envelope and hand them out to groups of students. The goal for students is to match the example of figurative language with the type of figurative language that is being used. Once the group has sorted their cards into pairs, they are done. The first group to complete the task wins.

Figurative Jeopardy

When there is a lot to learn, like the many different types of figurative language, Jeopardy games can be a good way of helping reinforce students' knowledge.

In figurative Jeopardy:

1. Separate questions into several categories: name it, example, how many, and translation.

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