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Identify Similes

In this worksheet, students will identify and discuss similes.

'Identify Similes' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Discuss Author Language

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Worksheet Overview

Look at the picture below.


buttercup flowers


How would you describe the flowers to somebody who hasn't seen them?


We could use adjectives such as bright, yellow and smooth.


To make our writing sound even better, we could use a simile.

A simile compares one thing to another using the words like or as.


Here’s a simile to describe the flowers:


The bright, yellow petals were stretching open like the arms of somebody waking up.


Using a simile helps the person reading to imagine what the flowers look like.

Most people know what it looks like when somebody does a big stretch after waking up.


boy stretching


By comparing the petals on the buttercup to a stretching person, the reader can imagine how open the petals are.


Read this advert trying to persuade people to come to a village fair.


Are you looking for an amazing activity to do with your children this brilliant bank holiday weekend? Do you want to make the most of the last weekend of summer? Look no further and come on down to Hazlemarsh Summer Fair this wonderful weekend.


Our village green is as spacious as a football pitch and will be busily bursting with events to suit all ages. It’s no wonder we’re listed as the best summer fair in the county each year. We will have eight terrific trampolines, a superstar stage with live music, a grassy dog zone and an archery arena. That’s just naming a few of our fantastic fun stations. You must come and see the rest for yourselves. Your children will enjoy this as much as their birthdays.




Can you spot any similes using like or as?


Here's one of the similes in this passage:

Our village green is as spacious as a football pitch


This simile compares the size of the village green to a football pitch.

If we just said the village green was big, it's harder to imagine the exact size.

By comparing it to a football pitch, it helps the reader to really imagine how big it is, which is very big!


In this activity, we're going to be on the hunt for similes.


girl with magnifying glass

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