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Recognise Similes and Metaphors 2

In this worksheet, students gain practice in recognising and completing similes and metaphors.

'Recognise Similes and Metaphors 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Identify Contributions to Meaning

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Similes and metaphors are both figures of speech. They are ways of describing an object by comparing it to something else.

 

A simile uses the words 'like' or 'as....as'.

His feet are as big as boats.

 

A metaphor states that one thing is something else. It is a comparison, but it does not use 'like' or 'as....as' to make the comparison.

 

His feet are boats.

 

In stating that 'his feet are boats', we mean that his feet are very big.

Some similes are very well known and used a lot in everyday speech.

 

Match up the boxes to complete these common similes.

Column A

Column B

as old as
a button
as bright as
a rake
as solid as
a rock
a thin as
the hills

These similes are all comparisons with animals. Match up the boxes to complete them.

Column A

Column B

as blind as
a peacock
as stubborn as
a bat
as cunning as
a mule
as proud as
a fox

Read the description of a river and decide whether it contains a simile or a metaphor.

 

The river winds its way through the valley like a snake.

simile

metaphor

This time, read the description of two twins and decide whether it contains a simile or a metaphor.

 

Those twins are two peas in a pod.

simile

metaphor

Is this boy using a simile or a metaphor when describing his sister?

 

My sister is a pain in the neck.

simile

metaphor

Is this girl using a simile or a metaphor when describing her grandmother?

 

My nanna has a heart of gold.

simile

metaphor

Read this short passage and decide what the underlined metaphor means.

 

John is on the crest of a wave at the moment. He won first prize in the fancy dress competition and now he's come top in the talent show.

John is feeling tired.

John is very successful.

John is working hard.

What do you think the underlined metaphor means this time?

 

James is playing with fire at the moment. He hasn't done any homework for the last week and he was late for school two days running.

James is lighting matches.

James is likely to get into trouble.

James is lazy.

What do you think the underlined simile means this time?

 

Jake felt like a fish out of water with all the girls at the dance class. He was the only boy there.

Jake felt awkward because he was different from the others.

Jake couldn't dance.

Jake didn't have the right dance clothes.

What do you think the underlined metaphor means this time?

 

That news is music to my ears!

I am listening to a nice tune.

I have heard some news about a new song.

The news pleases me very much.

  • Question 1

Some similes are very well known and used a lot in everyday speech.

 

Match up the boxes to complete these common similes.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

as old as
the hills
as bright as
a button
as solid as
a rock
a thin as
a rake
  • Question 2

These similes are all comparisons with animals. Match up the boxes to complete them.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

as blind as
a bat
as stubborn as
a mule
as cunning as
a fox
as proud as
a peacock
  • Question 3

Read the description of a river and decide whether it contains a simile or a metaphor.

 

The river winds its way through the valley like a snake.

CORRECT ANSWER
simile
  • Question 4

This time, read the description of two twins and decide whether it contains a simile or a metaphor.

 

Those twins are two peas in a pod.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
EDDIE SAYS
The comparison does not use the words 'as...as' or 'like' so it is a metaphor.
  • Question 5

Is this boy using a simile or a metaphor when describing his sister?

 

My sister is a pain in the neck.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
  • Question 6

Is this girl using a simile or a metaphor when describing her grandmother?

 

My nanna has a heart of gold.

CORRECT ANSWER
metaphor
  • Question 7

Read this short passage and decide what the underlined metaphor means.

 

John is on the crest of a wave at the moment. He won first prize in the fancy dress competition and now he's come top in the talent show.

CORRECT ANSWER
John is very successful.
EDDIE SAYS
The metaphor probably refers to surfing. A surfer who is riding the crest of a wave is being successful. There may be a hidden meaning too: a wave eventually flattens out, so the success may not last for ever.
  • Question 8

What do you think the underlined metaphor means this time?

 

James is playing with fire at the moment. He hasn't done any homework for the last week and he was late for school two days running.

CORRECT ANSWER
James is likely to get into trouble.
EDDIE SAYS
Playing with fire is very dangerous, and the metaphor can be used for actions that are dangerous or are likely to cause trouble.
  • Question 9

What do you think the underlined simile means this time?

 

Jake felt like a fish out of water with all the girls at the dance class. He was the only boy there.

CORRECT ANSWER
Jake felt awkward because he was different from the others.
EDDIE SAYS
Fish can't live out of water so they would feel very uncomfortable!
  • Question 10

What do you think the underlined metaphor means this time?

 

That news is music to my ears!

CORRECT ANSWER
The news pleases me very much.
EDDIE SAYS
Music is generally thought of as pleasant to listen to, so if something is music to your ears it is something that you are glad to hear.
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