We have been studying similes and metaphors in class. To help the kids along, I read them "Quick as a Cricket" by Audrey Wood. It is a very simple book, in which she uses simple similes to compare the main character to various animals.
The next step was a tree map. I had the students break their body up into 3 parts -- head, mid-section, and legs/feet. They then used their circle map to create comparisons between themselves and the objects, all relating to that portion of their body. For example, they could write "dark cave of thoughts" under head, or "fast cheetah" under legs. The idea was to get them thinking about how different parts of their body could be compared to objects that were definitely not alike.
Once the Tree Maps were complete, I asked the students to choose their four favorite comparisons from each section. They needed to write as many simple similes and metaphors from those comparisons. Again, we used a divided Circle Map (can anyone tell I love using Thinking Maps???)
Finally, they chose the two favorites from each category and, on a separate piece of paper, they made those simple similes and metaphors complex. For example, using the dark cave from above, a student may have written, "I am a dark cave of emotions after watching a scary movie." or "I am an active volcano ready to spurt out my knowledge during the trivia game."
|This is the finished product (minus cover), when it is all closed up.|
|When you open up the flaps, the "story" changes. You can make any mixture you want!|
|Another view with different flaps open (sorry it is so blurry! iPhone does that sometimes)|