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This lesson is free on and is based on two books:

As Slippery as an Eel: An Ocean Unit Exploring Simile and Metaphor—This is a link to my free lesson using these book on Read Write Think, a site by IRA (International Reading Association) and NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English):  As Slippery as an Eel: An Ocean Unit Exploring Simile and Metaphor

Books used in the lessons. Check your library for copies!

The Sea House by Deborah Turney Zagwyn

and  My Visit to the Aquarium by Aliki

These two books have captivating photos, can be read more than once, and are enjoyable.  The Sea House is an exciting story that may seem exotic to children.  Aliki’s aquarium book is full of excellent drawings of real ocean creatures.

April showers?  No snow to play in!  Not quite summer!  This is a great time of year to visit a museum or an aquarium, and it is easier to go places now without the bundles of snowsuits and winter gear.  While the getting around is easier but children need to be kept busy, check out more library books to accompany outings and make them a little more educational.


Students will

  • participate in large group sessions, volunteering interesting comparisons in oral discussions.
  • add ideas to an ongoing class chart with figurative language.
  • add words to class charts devoted to an ocean theme.
  • dictate or write about ocean creatures using similes and metaphors and comparison words.
  • illustrate their comparisons.
  • create a page for a class book.
  • assess their efforts using a checklist