If you are planning to have your class upload pictures, please read the Upload suggestions.
You don't need to Upload pictures to make idioms an educational experience! A project on Idioms can last an hour, a week, a month or even an entire year. After your children are familiar with idioms, by looking at the website, you can take the project back to the classroom. If you plan to use idioms to enrich your classroom some of the following suggestions may work for you.
If you are thinking of perhaps adding to the pictures to the website it is highly preferred, that you choose idioms that are not already drawn on this website. If you choose to draw pictures that are already illustrated, then you aren't giving your children the chance to use their own creativity, as inevitably they will draw something similar to what has already been drawn. Click here to get a list of 3700 idioms that aren't on the website. If you use this list, you will be expanding the value of this website to others! If you use this list you can filter out the list to suit your needs. (idioms that use certain words for example)
NOTE: YOU COULD NOT USE THE UPLOAD LINK IF YOU CHOOSE TO DRAW THESE NEW IDIOMS BUT WOULD HAVE TO CONTACT THE WEBSITE FOR INSTRUCTIONS!
(Note: do not use your “own” idioms if you plan to submit them, unless they match ones on the website or the additional ones on the list) Make a copy of this printed list available to your class.
Use 8 and 1/2 inches square - (that's ordinary letter paper squared off, the strip that is left over can be used for the idiom name and attached separately by mounting on construction paper.) Pencil crayons or felts make the best pictures. Stick drawings, crayons etc. might be what your children are capable of using, but generally these drawings will not be acceptable if you wish them published on this website. Their picture should be of the literal meaning of the words in the idiom, not the actual meaning. For examples, look at the other pictures that have been uploaded. Try to avoid printing anything on the drawing, but if it is necessary to put writing on the drawing (like in word balloons), use black clear printed letters. Make certain that the drawing is only of the main idea of the idiom and occupies most of the paper. If you are planning to eventually upload them to the website, do not write the name of the idiom on the drawing.
When the students are finished their regular classwork they can select an idiom on the list that you have provided. They can then occupy themselves with drawing what the words say on the paper. They don't need to talk to you about what the idiom means and they are happily occupied. When they are finished they can hand it in (mounted or not).
When you have a spare five minutes (or half hour or Friday afternoon) you can take the handed in idioms, put them on display and explain what they mean. Use them in sentences. Get the students to use them in sentences. If you have a number of them on display, tell a story that uses them all. Challenge the children to use these idioms (in context... that's the hard part) during lessons. For example: the idiom ticked off means you are mad. Next time you are mad at someone you could say, "I'm really ticked off with you." For extra “brownie points”, challenge them to use them in conversations at home. That usually gets the parents attention and support.
Put up a display of the pictures. (See the About page) My class got so carried away, I would have an invitation afternoon where the parents would come in and we would “blow them away” with how much they knew about idioms.
I did this for years, and it “saved my bacon” on more than one occasion. Depending on your classroom organization this can be used as a Reward or if you use competitions it can be used to heighten interest. I used to group my children by rows or groups. I would award points for the drawings, (depending on how well they were executed). I would also award points for using them in context during lessons.
If you wish to upload these pictures to the website read the Upload page.