Learning About Idioms

A couple of weeks ago, our reading strategy focussed on learning about idioms.

Idioms are phrases that have a different meaning to the actual words in the phrase. For example, if something is described as “a piece of cake”, it is an idiom. It means that something is really easy, it doesn’t actually have anything at all to do with cake.

In class we discussed the literal and the inferred meaning of lots of idioms.

  • The literal meaning is when you imagine the words in the idiom as being the real meaning.
  • The inferred meaning is what the phrase actually means when used in conversation.

Example: To “spill the beans”.

You might imagine someone tipping over a bowl of beans BUT this idiom really means that you have revealed some secret information.


For this learning task, each student chose an idiom they liked. They had to draw the literal and the inferred meaning for their idiom. Check out our work and see if you can identify any of the idioms!

Learning about idioms is important because authors often use idioms in books, so we need to understand them in order to understand what we read. Since learning about idioms, we also realised that we use idioms all the time in our conversations!


Did you guess any of our idioms?

Do you have a favourite idiom?

What idioms do you often hear people say?

14 thoughts on “Learning About Idioms

  1. Hi everyone
    What a great post Miss Jordan has made. I really enjoyed making the idioms. For some idioms it would have been hard to draw by the looks of the piture. Mine wasn’t hard to draw wich was good. I did hit the hay. See if you can guess the piture in 4A’s slide show.

    I guessed a thew idioms because we had been talking about most of them. Some were piece of cake, two peas in a pod, it’s raining cats and dogs, racing against the clock, break a leg, that cost an arm and a leg and thew more.

    My favourite idiom is “piece of cake”. I also really like “it’s raining cats and dogs” and “two peas in a pod”.

    I often here people say hit the hay and piece of cake.

    Kind regards

    • Hey Anna,
      Great comment. I think Miss Jordan did a great job on the post too! I loved making the idiom posters. They were great fun.

      I also like the idioms that you like.

      I loved your poster!

      Bye bye,
      Nellstar out 😉

  2. Hi everyone
    I have really enjoyed doing the idioms I think they great
    It was so much fun drawing the idioms posters. My favourite idioms are hit the sack,two peas in a pod, time flys and racing against the time.

    See ya

    • Hello Alana banana!,
      Great comment by the way!

      The idioms you like I also like. They are also the ones Anna likes.

      Bye banana!,
      Nelly 😉 🙂

  3. To 4A/B…
    It is Aldo AGAIN, Nelly loves me to do these blog comments and the good thing is that I like to do them too because I get to see more of what 4A/B is up to!

    Did I guess any of our idioms? Yes I did get most of them right but some I needed help with some of them! Also great drawings!

    Do I have a favourite idiom? No I don’t have a favorite idiom because there are many that I like but most of the drawings covered the ones that I like!

    What idioms do I often hear people say? I often hear people say… Piece of cake, two peas in a pod, you’re on fire & couch potato.


  4. Hello Miss Jordan, 4A and 4B

    We had a great time today trying to guess the idioms that you illustrated so well. There were just a few that we had trouble working out.

    Some of the ones we recognised were:

    Hit the sack
    Hit the hay
    Two peas in a pod
    Cool as a cucumber
    Lend a hand
    Couch potato
    Raining cats and dogs
    Needle in a haystack.

    We were exploring idioms because of a story we are listening to in class. We are listening to The Phantom Tollbooth and the author uses a lot of figurative language.

    Have you started noticing all the idioms that have found their way into our everyday conversations more since studying them in class?

    Mrs S and 5/6 CS

    • Dear Mrs S
      Thanks a lot for leaving us an excellent comment on the class blog.
      I too enjoyed looking at all the idioms but had some trouble with some.
      I love learning about idioms. Did you find it fun?
      I have never heard of The Phantom Tollbooth. Does the author use lots of idioms?
      I had a look at your blog. The post about idioms was great.
      Hope to see you on the blog again,

      King regards

      • Thanks for the compliment about our class blog post, Anna. We would love it if you could leave a comment or add an idiom to our Padlet wall.

        The author of The Phantom Tollbooth has great fun with the literal and figurative meaning of words in his story. One of the characters is a bee. He is the “Spelling Bee” and he spells out loud almost every word he uses. Another character is a dog called Tock. He is a “watch” dog which means that his body is a big watch.

        Mrs S

        • Hi Mrs S,
          I see why Bee was named Bee and why Tock was named Tock.

          I have tried to comment on your blog but it hasn’t been working. It has been telling me that I need an email. Do I need an email to submit my comment on my blog?

          King regards

  5. Hi 4a and 4b,
    Well done on all of the idioms guys. I like when pigs fly myself.James likes as cool as a cucumber. Hope you learn lots more.

    Bye Natalie

  6. These are great idioms, and very clever clues. An idiom that I know is ” cat’s pjamas’. This means, if something is the cats pjamas it is the best or latest or nicest thing you have seen. Another one is a bird in a hand is a worth two in a bush, this means that you have at least you have one thing ( because it is already in your hand) but the other two things are out of reach at the moment and could fly away.

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