We recently finished our unit on Figurative Language and Poetry and my kids voted this as one of their favorite activities! Each of my students picked an idiom that they wanted to illustrate and as they chose they had to tell me what their idiom meant. If they didn't know we got to "poll the audience" (ask the class if they know) or we looked up the definition in Scholastic's Idiom Dictionary. That is a must if you don't have it already! So many great idioms, definitions, and examples in context.
Once everyone had their idiom they began coloring their pictures (no white space, they had to take up the whole box) and writing the meaning for each version. I created the template with an area for both the literal meaning and one for the figurative. When they were all done we hung them up in the hall. The final product was amazing! The kids did such a wonderful job showing how ridiculous the literal meaning could be and perfect visuals to explain the figurative meaning. Here are just a few examples:
Click here to get this activity at my TPT store! It includes the directions sheet, possible idioms list, and the "Literally vs. Figuratively" template. I hope y'all enjoy it as much as my kiddos did!