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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.
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
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.
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.
Draw lines to match them…
…. and draw a picture or write a story to illustrate one.
Draw a line to match them.
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