I want to let you in on what I've been busy doing lately. I've been focusing on my older students in middle and high school. I find that sometimes, I can get so caught up with the elementary kiddos making cute crafts, having fun activities, creating rewards and visuals that I sometimes neglect my older students. Then, these students are left to the same old drilling and boring worksheets.
Not so though these last few weeks! Instead, with these new materials I'm sharing with you, my therapy room has been packed full of learning AND laughter (a great combination in my mind) over at the middle and high school. In addition to my newest activity, Ultimate Figurative Language Pack for Upper Level Students, I've created this freebie activity for you to use.
First, start with the poem by James Parton. It describes snow without ever saying the word "snow." I have my students close their eyes and put themselves in the position of "I" when I read it to them.
The poem contains great figurative language so I've included a few questions about it as well.
Next, I wrote some winter words on cards and had my students draw a card. They then had to create their own riddle/poem. Using "I," my students had to describe the object without saying its name.
They came up with some really neat riddles! Take this one for example:
"I am warm and cozy,
People can wear these in a band
but most of all,
you'll see me on someone's hand."
Can you guess it?! A mitten :-)
Have students write their poems and display them or send them home to see if family and friends can guess their riddle.
You can find this free activity in my TPT store HERE.
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