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.

A. Drawing Idioms back in the class

B. Use the drawing of the idioms an overflow / extension activity

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.

C. Further ideas: (these get progressively harder as you go down the list)

  1. Read one of the stories on the website and then re-tell the story using only your own words (without looking at the story again.) You will need to understand the idioms in the story first!
  2. Copy one of the stories into a word processing program. Read the story and as you come to an idiom, make certain you know what it means and then delete the idiom and put your own words in place of the idiom. When you have finished, re-read the story and adjust it so that it is a better story.
  3. Go to a story that has idioms that you like. Select all the story and copy it (Select All / Copy).
  4. Go to a text editor and Paste it. Remove all of the TEXT and LEAVE THE IDIOMS. (Some of the stories have a list at the bottom where all of the text has already been deleted) Write a story/paragraph/sentence that uses these idioms without retyping any of the formatted idioms. You may want to change the order of the idioms or use them more than once (just make extra copies). This document will now have links just like the website. Be certain to save it as HTML or as a web page. If you think that it is a good story send it to the website to be possibly published. (see Contact)
    See an example of how to do this. (example of How to Write a Story)
  5. If you wish to, you can select and copy as many idioms from different stories and paste them into another document. You now have a document that will link to all the definitions. You can use this document on your computer or you can publish it yourself. Try your paragraph while you are connected to the Internet. If you have written a story publish it. If you publish it yourself you should let this site know about it, by sending an e-mail. (See Contact)
  6. Write your own story by selecting a series of idioms ahead of time, or have someone select them for you! Once you have selected your idioms, write a story that uses them. Make certain that your story makes sense. This means that you need to understand the idioms before you write the story. You can select idioms from the website and find out meanings using the Internet. See how to write a story.