Figurative Language Writing for Mother's Day

Hello, Royal Readers! Are you feeling the stress and insanity of the end of the year yet? I know I am! Today's post is a little idea for writing that you could use to review figurative language, character traits, AND you can send it home for Mother's Day.

I know I am all for combining as many things as possible, especially in the limited amount of time we have left to teach. This idea I borrowed from a sweet friend of mine who taught 2nd grade. Here's the short version:

  • Have students make a list of characteristics for their mother. 
  • Then turn those traits into similes!

As with any teaching (writing especially), you will want to model everything first. So I will share the process for my own mom! I kept it to just 5 traits. You could have them list as few or as many as you wanted. It may not be a bad idea to have them list more than they need and then choose the best for step 2.

You may want to provide a list of possible character traits to help them brainstorm. This list from TPT is very full AND free!

Once students have their list, get them to think about what jobs, animals, or objects also show those traits. I modeled the same pattern in each line so the only part they have to think about is the simile.

Once they've got a few that they are proud of, give them some pretty paper to write it, and you've got a sweet, unique card to send home!


  1. What a great idea! I absolutely love this. Will have to use this one with my students!

    Reading Toward the Stars

  2. Such a cute idea! Practice writing similes and create a card for mom at the same time...Genius!

  3. These are great! Simple yet such a treasure. :) Erin