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Similes
Using similes can really improve your poems!

Similes

This quiz introduces children in Key Stage 1 to the idea of similes. The key aim in this quiz is for them to learn that the words ‘like’ or ‘as’ are used and that the content should involve comparing two items or things. This will aid the poetry section of their curriculum, and add to their expanding knowledge of the English language and literacy.

When learning poetry, you may learn about similes. A simile is when you compare two things, like ‘her hair was as gold as the sun.’ Here we are comparing hair to the sun. We would always compare these two things with the words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

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1.
Finish this simile: slow as a...
snail
cheetah
giraffe
car
Although giraffes aren't necessarily fast animals, we always pick the most obvious and extreme possibility. We do this for effect.
2.
Finish this simile: As tall as a...
mouse
woodlouse
giraffe
ant
Giraffes are the tallest animals on the planet!
3.
She was brave _ a lion. What's the missing word?
as
because
before
so
We are comparing someone being brave to being like a lion - this is what a simile is!
4.
Which two words do similes always use to compare?
like and as
like and if
like and why
as and no
A simile will always have either the word 'like ' or 'as' in it.
5.
Finish this simile: He runs as fast as...
a snail
a donkey
lightning
a worm
When we compare two things, it has to be relevant. If we said someone ran as fast as a snail, that wouldn't make sense as snails are slow.
6.
Smile _ a hyena. What's the missing word?
as
like
before
and
This means you are giving a really broad, wide smile.
7.
Finish this simile: Strong like a...
flea
bull
piece of paper
cotton wool
Here you have to think of the strongest item on the list, which is a bull.
8.
Finish the simile: fluffy like...
wood
metal
cotton wool
sandpaper
The reason poets use similes is to create an image, a vision in your mind, of what they are trying to say.
9.
Finish this simile: Without her glasses she is as blind as a ...
dog
chicken
runner bean
bat
This is a common saying but the truth is, many bats can see and do have good vision!
10.
Finish this simile: She went as red as a...
blueberry
strawberry
cucumber
orange
The average strawberry has around 200 seeds in it.
Author:  Finola Waller

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