Metaphor Worksheets

A metaphor is one kind of figurative language. It makes a direct comparison of two unlike things. You can tell the difference between a metaphor and a simile because a simile uses the words “like” or “as”, and a metaphor does not. Metaphors often usually use a form of the verb “to be”. The verb can be in the past tense (was, were), the present tense (am, is, are), or future tense (will be). The printable metaphor worksheets below help students to understand how this kind of figurative language can be used. Each worksheet is free to duplicate for home or classroom use.

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Metaphor Examples
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Metaphor Printable Worksheet Activities

Metaphor and Simile: About You

Metaphor and Simile - About You -Free, Printable Worksheet Lesson Activity

In this worksheet your student will write metaphors and similes about himself.

Metaphor Hunt

Metaphor Worksheet Practice Activity - Hunt for the Metaphors

Students underline all the metaphors in this brief story called, “The Haircut”.

Metaphor Meanings

Metaphor Meanings - Worksheet Practice Activity

Students read each sentence and tell what each metaphor is comparing.

Metaphors and Similes: Explain the Meaning

Metaphors and Similes - Explain the meaning - Free, Printable Worksheet Lesson Activity

Your student is asked to explain the meanings of these metaphors and similes in this worksheet.

Metaphors Compare Things

Metaphors Compare Things - Worksheet Practice Activity

Students underline the metaphor and circle the people or objects that the metaphor is being used to compare.

Mixed Metaphors!

Mixed Metaphors - Free, Printable Worksheet Lesson Activity

Metaphors are great, until they get mixed up!

Using Metaphors

Using Metaphors - Printable Worksheet Activity to Practice Figurative Language

Students read each sentence and re-write it using a metaphor.

Warm Up to Metaphors!

Printable Metaphor Warm Up Activity for Class or Home

The job was a breeze. Casey is a night owl. These are examples of metaphors. Print out this free worksheet and have your students identify the metaphors as well as come up with their own.

What is a Metaphor?

What is a Metaphor - Printable Worksheet Activity

A metaphor worksheet that prompts students read each sentence and explain what the metaphor compares

Which Is It? Metaphor or Simile?

Simile and Metaphor worksheet

Your student will decide which is a metaphor and which is a simile in this worksheet.

Write a Christmas Metaphor or Simile

Free, printable Christmas Worksheet - Write a Metaphor or Simile

Similes are fun to write, especially in this Christmas themed worksheet! Along with similes, students will also write a sentence using metaphors.

Figurative Language: What Is It?

Figurative Language - What is it? Free, Printable Worksheet Lesson Activity

This multiple choice worksheet asks your student to identify the type of figurative language used in the sentence or phrase.

Working with Figurative Language

Working With Figurative Language - Free, Printable Worksheet Lesson Activity

In this worksheet your student will match up the figures of speech with the phrase or sentence.