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 Hunt

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

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Metaphor Meanings

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

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Metaphors Compare Things

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

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Using Metaphors

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

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What is a Metaphor?

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