Idioms – word lists, worksheets, activities, and more

 

Idiom list in developmental order

Basic - all the time, calm down, change your mind, cut it out, do it over, driving me crazy, feel up to, figure it out, get away with, get out, get out of hand, get on my nerves, give me a break, give up, go through with, hand me down, hang in there, hold on, How come?, in charge, keep an eye on, keep it up, last straw, make something up, make believe, never mind, none of your business, on time, once in a while, on top of, out of place, put on, put up with, quite a few, rub it in, show off, sick and tired, turn off, up to you, used to it

Later Developing – a long shot, all along, all in your head, all mixed up, an arm and a leg, at the top of my lungs, back to square one, barking up the wrong tree, beat around the bush, behind my back, blow off some steam, break up, butterflies in my stomach, by the book, count on, down in the dumps, do the trick, down the drain, drag your feet, end of your rope, end up, eyes on the board, half a mind, hand it to her, having a blast, hit the sack, find it out, foot in the door, go to your head, gung-ho, let go of, let your hair down, a long fuse, look down on, look forward to, look up to, lucky streak, nick of time, off the top of my head, on the dot, out of the blue, piece of mind, picture perfect, play with fire, put it off, put your foot down, run out of steam, skating on thin ice, so far, sooner or later, step on it, take a stand, take it easy, throw in the towel, turn the other cheek, turn something down, wrapped up

Secondary – across the board, ahead of the curve, ask around, back to square one, come across something, do away with, fit to be tied, get off the ground, go through the motions, go without saying, have a soft spot, icing on the cake, joke is on you, jump through a hoop, leg up, mind over matter, more than meets the eye, paint yourself into a corner, play it by ear, put our heads together, read between the lines, rock the boat, roll out the red carpet, sick as a dog, sing a different tune, sort it out, spread it on thick, take after somebody, took the words out of my mouth, turn over a new leaf, your eyes are bigger than your stomach, up and running, warm up to, wave a white flag

Idiom Worksheets – Basic

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(1) Matching Basic Idioms 1  Doc PDF;      (2) Matching Basic Idioms 2 Doc PDF;     (3) Matching Elementary Idioms Doc PDF;     (4) Idiom Choices Basic Doc PDF;     (5) Idiom Choices Elementary Doc PDF;       (6) Idiom Puzzle Doc PDF

Idiom Matching Cards

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(1) Idiom Matching Cards 1 Doc PDF;      (2) Idiom Matching Cards 2 Doc PDF;      (3) Idiom Matching Cards 3 Doc PDF;      (4) Later Developing Matching Cards 1 Doc PDF;     (5) Later Developing Matching Cards 2 Doc PDF;      (6) Later Developing Matching Cards 3 Doc PDF

 

Idioms Comprehension Strips

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(1) Basic Idioms 1 Doc PDF;     (2) Basic Idioms 2 Doc PDF;      (3)Later Developing Idioms 1 Doc PDF;      (4) Later Developing Idioms 2 Doc PDF

Additional Idiom Activities

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(1) Sentence Maze  Doc PDF; (2) Sentence Search Doc PDF;     (3) Choices/ Wrong Time, Wrong Place Doc PDF;     (4) Scripts/Drill Doc PDF; (5) Misc. Activities Doc PDF; (6) Pictures Doc PDF;      (7) Zig Zags/Functional Doc PDF

Background Information on Idioms

One prominent member of the class of figurative language is the idiom. Figurative language, including metaphor, sarcasm, and exaggeration, differs from literal language in that it’s words connote an extra layer of meaning. These words add richness, complexity, and sometimes confusion to a language.

Idioms change rapidly compared to other words.  They typically serve social cohesiveness functions within groups. Young people may not use the idiom “Its raining cats and dogs” while people of earlier generations may not say, “hold on”. Typical lists of idioms used by speech and language pathologists don’t begin to scratch the surface of the amount of idioms actually used in everyday language. Several idiom dictionaries claim to contain at least 4,000 idioms. More detailed information on idioms is abundant in language texts, libraries, and on the internet. Some idioms are comprehended during late preschool. (Abkarian, Jones, and West, 1992). Idioms are sometimes learned solely as concrete blocks of expression as has been traditionally thought, and also sometimes by breaking down and understanding the constituent parts of the idiomatic expression (Nippold, 1998).

Phrasal verbs are idiomatic, defined as a two word combination with a verb that isn’t necessarily understood by understanding the constituent parts, e.g. catch up, hold on, work into, show up, run into, quiet down, take over, show off, etc. Tests that assess for idioms include the CASL and the OWLS tests.

Methods of Elicitation

Idiom Goal Suggestions

William will use age appropriate idioms (e.g. hand it to her, wrapped up in, etc.) in sentences with 70% accuracy.

F. Scott will define age appropriate idioms, such as take it easy, piece of mind, and out of shape with 70% accuracy.

34 Responses to Idioms – word lists, worksheets, activities, and more

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  2. Brittany says:

    Thank You, you really helped me out i have CRCT tomorrow…

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  5. Kelly Harris says:

    thanks! I teach students with severe disabilities and we have to assess our students! Idioms are one of the skills my 11th grade students need, so this has helped me get started! Thanks so much!

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  6. Cheryl says:

    Thank you very much. This is very useful in finding ways to better help my students unsderstand idioms.

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  7. Ms. Canong says:

    Thank you for providing interesting activities for this topic :D

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  9. Anonymous says:

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  11. Anonymous says:

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  12. Stefani says:

    Thanks for the help with activities using idioms. I am a student teacher studying ESL and I was trying to find ways of making reading and writing exercises using idioms! This is a big help with my lesson plan!

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  13. Anonymous says:

    I am so excited about using these activities with my students! Thank you!

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  14. Anonymous says:

    Wow all of this is so helpful to me! I teach in a self-contained classroom adn this is one of teh 11th grade goals!!!

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  15. Anonymous says:

    Thank you for some interesting ideas for teaching idioms that suit a range of levels and knowledge. I look forward to seeing how the students go with them tomorrow

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  17. Anonymous says:

    Thanks so much! We’re reading Amelia Bedelia and expanding our knowledge of idioms! Everything was so helpful! Great ideas!

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  18. Anonymous says:

    Great resources. Thank you very much.

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  19. Mary Ellen says:

    This was great material for my high school SL group. They struggled and the material hit their target with much practice material.

    Thanks! Meg

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  22. Lindsay z says:

    love the visuals

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  23. vanesa says:

    thanks for the information….these activities are of great help to my presentation next week….:-)

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  27. Anonymous says:

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