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Idioms Dominoes

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 2 - 5

Build vocabulary and have fun with idiom games.

Toss the Worksheet on Idioms! Let’s Play Dominos!

🤙🏽Calling all grammar teachers, reading specialists, and other educators! This domino game is the perfect way to help them practice identifying the meaning of common idioms for kids.

Don’t pass out another worksheet on idioms! Let your students practice the same skills with a fun idiom game instead. The cards feature a variety of standard idioms, including

  • Hold your horses
  • Cool as a cucumber
  • Having second thoughts
  • When pigs fly
  • In hot water

🎲To play, students use traditional domino rules, matching the idiom with its meaning.

Through this activity, students will show an increased understanding of idioms in the English language. 

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your English Language Arts and Vocabulary lessons. 

In addition to individual student work time, use this game to enhance learning through guided writing groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments.

  • Support students who need help understanding the concepts by pairing students to play the idiom game together.

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or blackline PDF or editable Google slides versions of this resource. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan Teach Starter Collaborator.


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