Even More Parts Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
I use Even More Parts to teach students the meaning of common idioms. My students enjoy the hilarious illustrations that depict each idiom. They also enjoy the other idioms that are displayed on the bottom of each page.
- Even More Parts by Tedd Arnold
Set Up and Prepare
Before reading the story I ask my students the following question: What does the phrase "I have butterflies in my stomach" mean? After discussing the meaning of the phrase, I explain to the students that the phrase is an idiom. An idiom is a phrase or sentence that does not mean exactly what it says. Students are then asked to share common idioms that they might have heard before.
I first read the story for enjoyment. The students love to hear the idioms and really enjoy the illustrations. I instruct them to think about the meaning of each idiom as I read the story. I stop every couple of pages to give the students an opportunity to discuss and ask questions.
After reading the story, I ask them to think about a time in their life where the idiom "I got bent out of shape" might have applied. Students explain different situations when they got upset over something.
I explain to my students that they are going to break up into groups of 2-3 people and choose a common idiom from a bag. (see Related Resources for idiom sources) The group of students then has to come up with a short skit that demonstrates how the idiom applies to a real life situation. I try to challenge my students and include more difficult idioms. Students are provided with idiom dictionaries and websites to use in order to look up the meaning of their idiom.Students meet with their groups and write a short script of their skit. After the script is written the group has time to practice and gather any props that are needed. Students then perform their idiom skit in front of the class the next day. You might even have your students perform their skits for an ESL class or a younger grade level. That way it is a learning experience for all.
Supporting All Learners
For younger students you might have them illustrate the idiom and write the real meaning underneath it instead of acting it out. Collect all the illustrations and create your own classroom book of idioms.
Some students take all words that they read literally, especially those who are learning English as a second language. Learning idioms not only helps students' reading but also improves their understanding of daily communication between peers.
Books that contain idioms:
Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms by Marvin Terban
In a Pickle and Other Funny Idioms by Marvin Terban and Giulio Maestro
Useful websites that contain idioms: