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Know Your Proverbs: What They Mean

In this worksheet, students explore proverbs and test their own knowledge. Recognising and interpreting proverbs can be useful in their reading work.

'Know Your Proverbs: What They Mean' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:   Reading

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Proverbs are short sentences or phrases that contain life lessons or rules that many people live by.

For example:

Don't cry over spilt milk.

This means that there is no point in crying over or worrying about something that has already happened.

Here are some well-known proverbs. Match up the halves correctly.

Column A

Column B

Nothing ventured
has a silver lining.
A friend in need
and spoil the child.
Many hands
in the mouth.
Too many cooks
spoil the broth.
A fool and his money
are soon parted.
Every cloud
nothing gained.
Don't look a gift horse
is a friend indeed.
Spare the rod
make light work.

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Many hands make light work.

If you do not try to achieve something, you will not achieve it.

If everybody helps, the job will soon be done.

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Too many cooks spoils the broth.

If too many people interfere, mistakes will be made.

If everybody helps, the job will soon be done.

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

If too many people interfere, mistakes will be made.

Leave things as they are rather than stirring up trouble.

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Don't cry over spilt milk.

If something has gone wrong and can't be put right, it is no use complaining.

Leave things as they are rather than stirring up trouble.

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

If something has gone wrong and can't be put right, it is no use complaining.

Don't rely on anything until it happens.

Here are some more proverbs. Match up the halves correctly.

Column A

Column B

A chain is only as strong as
blames his tools.
A little of what you fancy
does you good.
A rolling stone
but you can't make it drink.
You can lead a horse to water
its weakest link.
A poor workman always
flock together
Birds of a feather
gathers no moss.
  • Question 1

Here are some well-known proverbs. Match up the halves correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Nothing ventured
nothing gained.
A friend in need
is a friend indeed.
Many hands
make light work.
Too many cooks
spoil the broth.
A fool and his money
are soon parted.
Every cloud
has a silver lining.
Don't look a gift horse
in the mouth.
Spare the rod
and spoil the child.
  • Question 2

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Many hands make light work.

CORRECT ANSWER
If everybody helps, the job will soon be done.
  • Question 3

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Too many cooks spoils the broth.

CORRECT ANSWER
If too many people interfere, mistakes will be made.
  • Question 4

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

CORRECT ANSWER
Leave things as they are rather than stirring up trouble.
  • Question 5

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Don't cry over spilt milk.

CORRECT ANSWER
If something has gone wrong and can't be put right, it is no use complaining.
  • Question 6

Select the correct meaning of the proverb.

Don't count your chickens before they're hatched.

CORRECT ANSWER
Don't rely on anything until it happens.
  • Question 7

Here are some more proverbs. Match up the halves correctly.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

A chain is only as strong as
its weakest link.
A little of what you fancy
does you good.
A rolling stone
gathers no moss.
You can lead a horse to water
but you can't make it drink.
A poor workman always
blames his tools.
Birds of a feather
flock together
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