Wondering where to start? Well, teaching similes is easier for kids to recognize and understand than metaphors. Similes make a comparison between two unrelated things, but they also have those ever-so-helpful identifier words like or as.
The clouds were like puffy cotton balls.
Her smile was as contagious as a cold.
The secret to teaching similes is showing kids many good examples. Kids should see and hear good examples of similes in poetry, picture books, guided reading books, read aloud books, songs and even television shows. Pretty soon, kids will notice similes absolutely everywhere...and they are.
Teaching kids to identify similes is really just the start. The gold standard is getting kids to use similes effectively in their writing. Then you really know they not only fully understand similes, but they are able to enrich their writing in a way that only figurative language can.
Some of the best picture book mentor texts for teaching similes are: