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Antarctica Similes

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After talking about the characteristics of Antarctica (cold, windy, icy, snowy) introduce children to similes. Begin by providing the first part of a simile and inviting children to take turns completing it:

The snow is as white as ______.
Once children get the idea, list more beginning similes on an easel pad:
  • The wind is as cold as...
  • The ice is as slippery as...
  • The water is as dark as...
Then encourage students to choose a simile to complete. Record each student's completed phrase on a piece of drawing paper and have students illustrate their similes.


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05/18/2009