Personification Worksheets: Figurative Language For 4th Grade

Easel Activities Aligned with the Common Core Standards, CCSSL.4.5.

These personification worksheets and anthropomorphism worksheets work on figurative language for 4th graders. They are designed for teachers, homeschooling, and online tutoring to shape the digital classroom and to implement these personification worksheets into your easy, time-saving classroom planning. We've got Common Core-aligned specific paperless flashcards, quizzes, and a slideshow story for students to practice this type of figurative language for 4th graders.

personification worksheets

4th Grade Personification Worksheets

Personification may seem like a tricky concept, but it's a playful way for writers to give human characteristics or attributes to objects, ideas, or animals. In these paperless figurative language worksheets designed for the digital classroom, students will read through the slideshow passages, take a multiple-choice quiz to check for understanding, and learn more about personification with flashcard examples.

What are examples of personification?

Slideshow Passages - 4th Grade Personification Worksheets

Read through the following slideshow passages. As you’re reading, take note of what is being personified and what it’s being personified with, and take the multiple-choice quiz at the end.

Passage One

Every morning, my alarm clock cries out to me as my bed groans loudly to get me up.

Passage Two

The flowers drooped sadly. They were begging for water.

Passage Three

My pencil has a mind of its own.

Passage Four

Major news travels quickly.

Multiple-Choice Personification Quiz

Read through the passages and answer the multiple-choice personification quiz questions. Got a question wrong? Press reset and try again.

1. In passage one, what objects are being personified, and how are they described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

2. In passage two, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

3. In passage three, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

4. In passage four, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

More Personification Worksheets For 4th Graders

Want to practice some more? Read the following passages and try the multiple-choice-quiz at the end.

Passage Five

Books are like people. They are drawn to you.

Passage Six

Our family car has coughed its last breath.

Passage Seven

The busy city cries for peace and calm.

Passage Eight

My shoes tremble as I stomp around the house.

Multiple-Choice Personification Quiz

Read through the passages above and answer the multiple-choice personification quiz questions. Got a question wrong? Press reset and try again.

1. In passage five, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

2. In passage six, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

3. In passage seven, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

4. In passage eight, what object is being personified, and how is it described?

Choose the best answer from the choices below

Possible answers

Paperless Personification Flashcard Examples

Read the flashcards and see if you can make your own personification sentence with the words before you flip the flashcard.

4th grade personification worksheets

Personification & Anthropomorphism Worksheet

When we talk about personification, you might hear the big scary word anthropomorphism, but what is it?

What is anthropomorphism?

What are some examples of anthropomorphism?

Examples of Anthropomorphism as a Literary Tool

Anthropomorphism is used all the time, especially in books and films. Here are some famous examples of this type of figurative language.

Anthropomorphism in Films

Personification gives qualities to things that can’t move. However, anthropomorphism gives qualities to animate things, maybe giving more credit than they deserve. Nevertheless, in films, it's used all the time!

Paddington Bear

Paddington is a much-loved character, and it’s all because of Anthropomorphism! Paddington is a friendly bear who travels from Peru searching for a home. He is given human qualities because he is brave, kind, and thoughtful.

A bear cannot really be kind, brave, or thoughtful, though we can imagine it is.

The Wizard of OZ

In the wizard of OZ, Alice meets many anthropomorphic characters on the way. She meets a cowardly lion, a heartless tin man, and a brainless scarecrow.

A lion can’t really be cowardly, a tin man isn’t real, and a scarecrow can’t be brainless, though we can make it with Anthropomorphism.

Raya and The Last Dragon

In this Disney film, Raya meets a dragon called Sisu, the last dragon of the kingdom. Sisu is kind, protective, and funny, all human qualities!

Can you think of any more?

Discussion time

Use these questions to inspire your students during your figurative language and personification discussions.

  1. What films can you think of where animal characters are given human qualities?
  2. How do human qualities make you feel about those characters?
  3. Think of your favorite film. Are there any animated characters that have human qualities?

Anthropomorphism in Children's Literature

Have you ever read a book and identified with the animals in it? That’s because of anthropomorphism! Check out these famous examples and see if you can think of any of your own.

The Three Little Pigs

The Three Little Pigs is a famous fable about three pigs that build houses made out of different materials to stop the big bad wolf from eating them. The first pig builds a house made of straw, the second pig builds a house made of sticks, and the third pig builds a house made of bricks. Can pigs really build houses?

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo is about a mouse who strolls in the woods. The mouse meets different speaking characters on the way, like the wise owl and silly old fox, and tricks them into believing there’s a monster in the woods so he doesn’t get eaten. Eventually, he meets a monster called the Gruffalo and takes him to meet the characters again. What do human qualities make you feel about these characters?

Had fun learning and practicing personification. Why not check out our related ELA resources for 4th graders?