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    By Julianne

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    Most students love working with similes. I'd suggest getting some sentence strips and making the "middle" of the similes - like, as, than. Explain that similes are sentences that compare two things. Brainstorm some descriptive words for a person. A person can be happy, fast, smart, angry, frightened, etc. Now put one of your descriptive words on a piece of sentence strip and begin to build your simile. I'd start out with something simple like "Fast as a __________." Have students fill in the blank with things they think are very fast. You might end up with, "Fast as a rabbit, Fast as a race car, Fast as the wind, Fast as my dad's motorcycle." Make a sentence strip card for each ending so students can practice moving the words around during centers time. Now try the same words using "like" or "Than" in the middle. Do they still work? Using sentence strips gives students a chance to manipulate the words which adds to their understanding of the idea and to their ability to read the words. If your group isn't quite that advanced, you can do the exercise verbally and have them draw pictures to show what the simile stands for.

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