Today I'm sharing a song that took a little longer to create than others. It took longer to create because for me, it was a tricky concept to explain.
In the public school setting that I work within, the middle and high school grades do their best to introduce topics and teach concepts within our adapted curriculum. One of the topics introduced in language arts is idioms.
Idioms themselves are not complicated when you understand what they are and their true meaning(s). However, teaching idioms to students who are very literal, visual learners is not an easy challenge. Many of these students are challenged when it comes to abstract thinking also.
So, I approached this tricky concept with caution and thought about a few different approaches for several days.
When writing this song, I decided that I would define the concept of idioms in the song, and that I would also have to include some of the more simple idioms as examples.
By definition, idioms are word combinations. Left alone, these word combinations don't make sense. They are expressions we use to talk about people, things, situations and events.
To select the examples, I first searched the web for pictures to represent idioms. This was a devotion of time as well, but I knew it would be very helpful for the visual learners. I finally narrowed down my selections for idiom examples.
My selections included:
"It's a piece of cake"
"Hold your horses"
"It's raining cats and dogs"
"Don't let the cat out of the bag"
Below is the final product.
Overall, the students loved the song and enjoyed learning about idioms and discussing different expressions they could use for different situations.
You can also check out the video I created with this song here.
For each of the four idioms, I included a representation of what the idiom would literally look like, and also a representation of what the idiom (as an expression), really means. The visuals helped so many of the students catch on quick!
Have a great day and stay tuned for additional song posts!