Similes and Metaphors Unit for Special Education with digital activities



Total Pages 86 plus 24 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Similes and metaphors and figurative language are the focus of this 80 page plus 24 google slide unit developed for students with autism and other special learning needs. This unit has various activities to help students understand what personification is, how to recognize it, and how it can deepen the meaning of what you are reading. The materials are designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in the activities either through cut and paste worksheets or digitally through google slides. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information on how to determine if a passage contains similes or metaphors. This repetition encourages a deeper understanding of this concept. Students will even write their own story using similes and metaphors in an errorless writing prompt.

*****This unit includes digital versions of the activities. There are 24 google slides (includes a differentiated set) and a movie version of the book.

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Similes and Metaphors Unit Includes:

  • 7 day lesson plan
  • 25 page story (includes a movie version)
  • Vocabulary board
  • 36 flashcards with suggestions for group activities
  • 3 worksheets identifying examples of similes and metaphors (includes digital version)
  • Sorting similes and metaphors (includes digital version)
  • Matching activities using similes and metaphors (includes digital version)
  • Writing prompt using similes and metaphors (includes digital version)
  • Quiz (includes digital version)

Color and BW versions provided (except for the book)


Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated in these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, we can ask students questions that will push them to think more deeply than before.

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