Animal Expressions: Idioms and Proverbs




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Animal Expressions: Idioms and Proverbs


Out & About – Unit 4

Window to the World – Unit 7,

Highlight – Unit 3,

Many elementary school textbooks have a unit on animals and most of them include a reference to the use of animals and animal characteristics in idiomatic expressions and proverbs.

This is an enjoyable and vivid use of language which lends itself to a variety of activities. It provides a good opportunity for enrichment and for comparison to L1. Both similarities and differences between the languages are interesting.

This invariably leads on to learning idioms & proverbs in general.


Activities

  • Guess what it means.

  • Match the expression with an explanation or an example.

  • Split expressions – match A & B.

  • Illustration: Make a poster



ANIMALS


As quiet as a mouse

As sly as a fox

As wise as an owl

As hungry as a horse

As slow as a snail

As brave as a lion

As slippery as an eel

As busy as a bee

As strong as an ox

As proud as a peacock

As free as a bird


An elephant never forgets

Like a bull in a china shop

The last straw (that breaks the camel’s back.)

A wolf in sheep’s clothing

A snake in the grass

Crocodile tears

A book worm


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

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

The early bird catches the worm.

When the cat’s away, the mice will play.

Let sleeping dogs lie.

His bark is worse than his bite.


GENERAL


Don’t put all your eggs into one basket.

Don’t cry over spilt milk.

Too many cooks spoil the broth.


Every cloud has a silver lining.

A rolling stone gathers no moss.

Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill.


Don’t cross your bridges before you come to them.

A new broom sweeps clean.

If the cap fits, wear it.

Actions speak louder than words.


Draw lines to match them.


..as slow as …






…an owl

..as brave as….



…a fox



…as free as






… a snail



Draw lines to match them…

Don’t put all your eggs …

…over spilt milk


Don’t cry …


…wear it.




Better late …


…sweeps clean.



…. and draw a picture or write a story to illustrate one.

She loves to read. She is a real ….






…as quiet as a mouse.

He never speaks in class. He is …



…the early bird catches the worm.


Let’s get there early and get the

best seats. You know …



…a snake in the grass.


Draw a line to match them.

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