Figurative Language: App Edition

In a blink of an eye a couple of weeks can sure fly by. Life has thrown some curve balls at my husband and I, and blogging has been at the least of my worries. However, I am glad to say I serve a God who knows what He's doing even when I don't. I'm happy to be back in the classroom and back at blogging again. Be prepared for a look back at a few January events that I didn't get blogged about, but hopefully will eventually!

To get me out of my blogging hiatus, I'm joining up with my blogging buddy Jivey for her Workshop Wednesday, and fellow Kansas Blogger at Coast to Coast Kinder for  WOW Wednesday.  {I know it's Sunday, but better late than never!}

One app that I've been using more often with my students is Strip Designer. I love to use it with vocabulary. It could easily be used for describing various types of figurative language as well. I usually have students make a four-piece Strip Design with a spot for the word, definition, use in a sentence, and a picture representation. I think that this app would work great for introducing figurative language as well. Students could write the type of figurative language, a brief definition, an example of that type of figurative language and a picture representation as well. The Strip Designs can be saved to their camera rolls and utilized on other apps or be at their fingertips for easy access.

This is the vocabulary example... could easily be modified for introducing and working with figurative language.

Across the hall, the other 4th grade language arts teacher had a super cute idea that I'm sure I'll use before the year is over. Students were asked to describe their families using similes and/or metaphors. They turned out sooooo cute! Students were able to use Pic Collage, Pages, or Key Note; whichever app was the easiest for the students to use as long as they could print them out. Such a fun project and prompt!
Such a great little writer.. used Pages

Used Pic Collage

 Be sure to check out the links above for more wonderful ELA ideas.  If you utilize the iPad in your classroom, I'd love to know how. Please link up below all month long!


  1. That is a super cute idea- what a great way to use technology too! Thanks for linking up BBB! Glad to have you back. xoxo

  2. Love the idea of the Strip Designer app. I just scooped it up in the app store. My kids are going to love this! Thank you, Christy! xo
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  3. Thanks for linking up! What great ideas! I will be checking back for apps! Always need new apps!!

  4. Love these ideas for figurative language!! Can't wait to try these!! Good to hear from you again!
    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. My colleague is teaching fig lang right now! Sending this to her!!


  6. Hi friend!
    I love your fig lang ideas - thanks for sharing!

    Sorry to hear you've been going through a rough time - but you are so right: we serve a mighty God who isn't surprised by life's curve balls :) Sending you a virtual hug!

    Joy in the Journey


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