Here is a short story for students to read. Feel free to make photocopies. You can do many things with this text including asking your students to identify the English idioms that they see, write them down, help you understand the text, etc...
The Eager Beavers and Mr. Oldkool
Once upon a time, there was a wonderful class of very hard-working and well-educated boys and girls in an amazing school in a far, far, far away fairytale land. Definitely not couch potatoes, these boys and girls were, in fact, full of beans. Their teacher, Mr. Oldkool, admired them, however, for their hard work and often called them his eager beavers. The eager beavers loved to learn. They spelled, they read and they wrote. They added, they subtracted and they multiplied. When Mr. Oldkool told them about a new and fascinating subject, like the apple snail, they were all ears. When he gave them assignments to do, they took them home eagerly and were as busy as bees. One day, Mr. Oldkool surprised the eager beavers with a math test. It was 10 pages long and had the most difficult questions on it that you could imagine. He handed out the test papers and told the boys and girls to put their thinking caps on. ❝Break a leg❞ he said to the students as he walked back to his desk and started working on another lesson plan on the fascinating world of the apple snail. Looking at the math tests, the children’s faces, surprisingly, did not look troubled. Remaining cool as a cucumber, they picked up their pencils and went to work. It turned out that all of the eager beavers passed the test and, for some, it was even a piece of cake. To celebrate, the kids got to watch a two-hour movie on the apple snail as an aquarium pet. Who would have thought that their hard work would pay off so well and that apple snails could be as big as 15 cm in diameter? The answer to that question would have to be: Mr. Oldkool.
To view the English idioms that appear in The Eager Beavers and Mr. Oldkool, click here.
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Ideas for Teachers: Creative Writing Exercises with English Idioms
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This easy, fun and creative bulletin board makes you look like a pro as you develop student vocabulary and language skills. This bulletin board works great in a classroom or hallway for the whole school to be involved with. I wanted a way to involve my school in language development and used this idea. Follow these quick steps and you will be on your way!
4-5 idioms and simple definitions
Images to represent the idioms and the definitions
Decorate the Bulletin Board with colored Butcher paper of your choice as a background. Use a contrasting borders that complements the color you chose.
Choose a theme for the idioms you will use. Some popular themes include:
Bees, horses, weather, dogs, tired.
Choose 4 idioms. Take care in choosing the idioms. Idioms for intermediate language level students should be idioms that give a hint to the meaning. An example of this is "it's raining cats and dogs". The word "raining" is a clue to the meaning. Early advanced language learners can work with idioms such as, "you're pulling my leg" which doesn't give the learner any clues to the meaning. Choose which language level you want the students to work with.
Collect 1 picture per idiom that displays what the words say and another picture that shows what the idiom means. Use your own classroom images for this or do a quick Google search for "idiom images".
Type up and print the idioms. Glue the typed idioms and the images onto colored construction paper. Cut to size.
Place the 4 idiom images that display what the words "say" at regular intervals across the top of the bulletin board.
Place the text under each picture.
At the bottom of the bulletin board place the image of what the idioms "mean" in random order.
Staple a piece of yarn under the text of each idiom long enough to reach to the image that shows the true meaning of the idiom. Tie a loop in the end of the piece of yarn so children can attach the yarn to the correct meaning.
Stick a pushpin into the bulletin board above the random images that shows the true meaning.
You now have an interactive bulletin board where students can match up the idiom to the image of its meaning by attaching the looped yarn to the push pin above the image of the true idiom meaning! Watch your students have fun and learn about idioms!
Lori Wolfe is an ESL - ELD teacher in Ashland, Oregon. Lori is also an author, ESL workshop presenter, and blogger. Her company, Fun To Teach produces innovative curriculum for ELD, ESL, grammar, Math, Reading, and more. Go to http://goo.gl/OXVOG or stop by the Fun To Teach Blog for ESL ELD teachers: http://esleld.blogspot.com.
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A good example of an English idiom is the phrase:
It’s raining cats and dogs.
Idioms like ❛its’s raining cats and dogs❜, which means ❛it’s raining very hard❜, are phrases or sayings that have taken on special meanings over time - meanings that are often very different from the individual words that they contain. In fact, you often can’t even guess what the meanings of idioms are. This makes them challenging but also very interesting, fascinating and even fun to learn. Below, you will find a list of 5 English idioms for kids to look at and discuss:
1. a piece of cake
You use the English idiom ❛a piece of cake❜ to say that something is ❛very easy❜. Here are two examples using this expression:
Spelling the word ❛flower❜ is a piece of cake.
However, spelling the word ❛chrysanthemum❜ is not a piece of cake.
Is there something that you think is ❛a piece of cake❜? Playing soccer? Learning math?
2. as fresh as a daisy
When you are ❛as fresh as a daisy❜, you are ❛full of energy and enthusiasm❜. Here are two examples using this English idiom:
When Maida gets up in the morning, she is as fresh as a daisy.
Our English teacher is always as fresh as a daisy.
Are you ❛as fresh as a daisy❜ when you get up in the morning? What about when you arrive at school?
3. man’s best friend
❛Man’s best friend❜ is the ❛dog❜. Here are two examples using this English expression:
Cats are nice, but I prefer man’s best friend.
Yesterday, Lena watched a film on man’s best friend.
What kind of animal do you like best? Why do you think dogs are called ❛man’s best friend❜?
4. the icing on the cake
The English idiom ❛the icing on the cake❜ is ❛something that makes a good situation even better❜ - just like how real icing makes a good cake taste even better! Here are two examples using this expression:
I like school, but learning math with Mr. Enkel is the icing on the cake.
I was happy to move to our neighborhood. Having a playground across the street was the icing on the cake.
What could you describe as being ❛the icing on the cake❜ about going to your school?
5. to have ants in your pants
If you ❛have ants in your pants❜, you are ❛not able to sit still❜ because you are excited or worried about something. Here are two examples using this English idiom:
Donald had ants in pants because he knew that he had to make a presentation at school.
Hana had ants in her pants because she couldn’t wait for the arrival of her grandma and grandpa.
Do people who are nervous or excited about something really look like they ❛have ants in their pants❜?
Now, try this idiom QUIZ for kids!
See what kids can do when they combine English idioms and art in the following video on the Kids' English Idiom Art Contest 2012: