Age level: Upper Elementary, Middle School, High School
Description: It’s Idioms Week here at the blog! Today we’re looking at a deck of cards called Word Teasers: Funny Sayings. While the resource we looked at yesterday was focused on helping learners understand idioms (a receptive language skill,) these cards focus on helping learners use idioms (an expressive language skill.)
As pictured below, the front of each card has a conversation prompt, while the back provides the meaning and the origin of the idiom.
Skills & Modifications: This deck of cards is easily modified to meet the needs of your learner. You can choose how many cards you present to a learner and you can remove cards that are not relevant for your learner. There are instructions for two games included in the box, one of which is described below.
– Idioms: The deck is designed to practice using idioms correctly. Several of my learners who love trivia/facts enjoy that the origin of each idiom is described on the back of the cards.
– Expressive Lanugage: Teaching idioms to learners with Autism Spectrum Disorders can be difficult, and it’s especially difficult to find tools that help them practice using the idioms. I appreciate that this includes so many prompts
– Intraverbal Conversation: This is a great tool for practicing conversation skills. I like to provide choices for my learners whenever possible. For this activity, I’ll place 2-4 cards in front of the learner, question-side up, and allow them to choose which one we’ll discuss for that day.
– Nonverbal Communication: One of the games described in the instructions that come with the cards is “Idioms Charades.” In this game, players have to read a card and then attempt to act out the idiom. For learners who have a good reportoire of idioms, this a fun and silly game to play.
Pros: This is the only motivating tool I have found thus far that really challenges learners to use idioms, instead of just understand them. While the price is a little high, the cards are durable and the box is sturdy.
Cons: I don’t have any cons for this deck of cards. I love it and find it to be an invaluable resource for teaching common expressions to learners with ASD.
Cost: $16.95 You should invest in this game if: you have a learner with an interest in language and word facts, you are a teacher with multiple students who need to work on using idioms, or you are a parent looking for a fun way to practice this language skill.