Spring Idioms

“Is spring coming?” he said.
“What is it like?”…
“It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine…”
~ Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden

The flowers are blooming and the birds are singing—spring is in the air! Your students are probably excited about playing outside again and looking forward to the Easter long weekend. Grab their attention with our Spring/Easter Idioms poster!

Students usually love learning idioms because they’re funny, but they can have trouble remembering them because they’re not literal. Using visuals such as this poster can help! Hang the poster in your class (along with our other idioms posters listed below, if you wish) so that students can see the idioms every day. You can also try some of the activities suggested below that will help students remember these idioms.

Download the printable Spring Idioms poster (PDF)

Activities with Idioms

1. SKITS: Put students into pairs, and have them write and present a short skit that uses at least three of these idioms. You can be sure your students fully understand the meaning of the idioms if they use them correctly in a skit, and students will be exposed to the idioms several times, which will help with retention.

2. QUIZZES: Put students into pairs or small groups, and have them create a quiz for another pair/group. They should write at least five sentences that demonstrate the idiom in context, along with a blank where the idiom would be written. Exchange papers with another pair/group, or make copies and have all the pairs/groups do one another’s quizzes.

Example: He is always kind to others and he’s always smiling. He is such _____________ ! (Answer: a ray of sunshine)

3. DISCUSSION: In groups or as a class, go through the idioms one by one, getting students to come up with examples of situations when this idiom could be used. Tell them to also share some of their own personal experiences where these idioms would apply!

4. WRITING: Use one of the idioms as a writing prompt for a story. Tell students to write about something that happened to them (you can decide if it must be a true story or not) that demonstrates the meaning of one of the idioms.

Sprout’s writer, Tara, has more suggestions for idiom activities in her blog post 8 Fun and Interactive Ways to Review Idioms!

More idioms posters:

More Easter resources:

     

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Tanya Trusler

Tanya is a freelance editor and writer with an extensive background as an ESL teacher. She edits lesson plans, creates new materials, and writes weekly blog posts for ESL-Library and Sprout English. Her company is Editing to a T. Follow her on Twitter (@tanyatrusler) and Google Plus.

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