Metaphors and Similes Figurative Language Worksheets For 3rd Grade

Aligned to the Common Core Standard CCSS L.3.5.A for 3rd Grade figurative language.

What’s the difference between a metaphor and a simile? These digital classroom paperless worksheets designed for third graders will test their knowledge of metaphors, similes, and figurative language through paperless flashcards, quizzes, and checkpoints. Use them at home as part of homeschooling, online tutoring, or to craft the perfect ELA lesson.

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What's a Simile? What's a Metaphor?

But first, what is a simile, and what is a metaphor? Click on the + sign for some examples.

What's a simile?

What's a metaphor?

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3rd Grade Digital Classroom Activities: Metaphors

Expect more than a worksheet with these digital classroom activities designed for 3rd graders to practice metaphors.

Find The Metaphors

Read the following sentences and find the metaphor examples. Take the quiz at the end of each sentence to check for understanding.

  1. She is like a shining star.
  2. She is a shining star.

Which sentence IS a metaphor?

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  1. Terry is as white as a ghost.
  2. Terry is a white ghost.

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  1. Your smile lights up the room.
  2. Your smile is as bright as the lights in the room.

Which sentence IS NOT a metaphor?

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  1. My grandad is a wise owl.
  2. My grandad is as wise as an owl.

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Fill-in-the-gap Metaphors For 3rd Graders

Complete the following sentences in the fill-in-the-gap quiz from the words in the table below. Got a question wrong? Don’t worry. Press reset and try again.

Snow Bee
Puppy Cotton
Diamonds Sunshine

1. Her hair was white _______.

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2. He is a buzzy  _______.

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3. Sally is a happy  _______ rolling in the grass.

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4. The clouds are balls of _______.

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5. My new shoes are sparkly  _______.

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6. You are my  _______.

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3rd Grade Digital Classroom Activities: Similes

Learning about similes? Test your knowledge out with these paperless figurative language worksheets.

Find The Similes

Read the following sentences and see if you can spot the similes! Take the checkpoint quiz at the end of each sentence to check for understanding.

  1. She is like a shining star.
  2. She is a shining star.

Which of these sentences IS a simile?

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  1. Terry is as white as a ghost.
  2. Terry is a white ghost.

Which of these sentences IS a simile?

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  1. Your smile is as bright as the stars in the night sky.
  2. Your smile is a bright star.

Which of these sentences IS a simile?

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  1. The clouds are fluffy balls of cotton.
  2. The clouds are fluffy, like balls of cotton.

Which of these sentences IS NOT a simile?

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  1. My grandad is a wise owl.
  2. My grandad is as wise as an owl.

Which of these sentences IS a simile?

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Complete The Similes For 3rd Grade

Complete the following sentences in the fill-in-the-gap quiz from the words in the table below. Got a question wrong? Don’t worry. Press reset and try again.

Owl Clouds
Smile Shoes
Bee Puppy

1. My grandpa is as wise as an  ________.

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2. The ______ are like fluffy cotton balls.

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3. Your ______ is as bright as the stars in the night sky.

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4. My new  ______ are like sparkly diamonds.

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5. You sound like a buzzy _______.

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6. Sally is like a ______ rolling in the grass.

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Flashcard Checkpoint Simile & Metaphor Examples

Use these flashcard examples to help third graders understand the difference between a simile and a metaphor. Flip the flashcards for more simile vs. metaphor examples.

Smilies vs. Metaphor Checkpoint Quiz

Can you identify metaphors and similes in English? They are both figures of speech that compare and contrast things. How good are you at telling the difference? Use this checkpoint quiz to find out. Got a question wrong? Don't worry. Press reset and try again.

1. The boy is soaring through the sky like an eagle.

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2. Her hair was white snow.

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3. You are as busy as a bee.

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4. The wind is a gentle butterfly.

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5. He wants to go to his friends house for a sleepover.

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