Using similes and metaphors
Home learning focus
Learn how to use similes and metaphors.
This lesson includes:
Learn more about similes and metaphors by watching this clip.
What is a simile?
A simile describes something by comparing it to something else, using the words like or as.
- The snake moved like a ripple on a pond.
- The jelly was as slippery as an eel.
- Jess was graceful as a gazelle.
What is a metaphor?
A metaphor is a word or a phrase used to describe something as if it is something else.
A wave of terror washed over him.
The terror isn't actually a wave, but a wave is a good way of describing the feeling.
Jess is dynamite.
She's not made of dynamite, but it's a way to explain how exciting she is.
You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.
Explore your knowledge of similes and metaphors by completing this quiz!
Look at these healthcare hero images for inspiration:
Can you write:
- three similes to describe the images
- three metaphors to describe the images
- The kind nurse had a smile that lit up the room.
- Hearing the lady laugh was music to the carer’s ears.
- Their work was a rainbow of care and love.
- The team of doctors and nurses worked together like the stars and the moon.
- Each day, the healthcare heroes care for others was like a sturdy boat!
Add extra detail to your simile or metaphor to create a more detailed image in the reader’s mind.
Sverrir sang like a bird.
Can be extended to say…
When Sverrir sang, he sounded like a beautiful, melodic bird.
You can either print out this activity sheet or write your answers on a piece of paper.
To explore figurative language further, give this simile to metaphor activity a try: