The third graders at Samuel J. Preston Elementary school have been focusing on the use of figurative language in their studies. As part of that unit of study, the students have been identifying idioms and how they impact meaning for the reader and how they can also be used in writing.
An idiom, as explained to the students, is an expression that doesn’t exactly mean what the words say – ie. hang your head or spill the beans. Idioms are especially difficult for learners whose first language is not English as idioms do not play by the same “grammatical rules”.
The students, with the help of instructional specialist Lauren Benjamin and third grade teachers Anne McNicholas, Eileen Carney, Lauren Reda, and Kristina Curumi, put together a video highlighting the celebration of idioms: