Dec
09

Similes and Snowballs

Filed Under (Writing) by on December 9, 2011

During writing we have been learning about similes and… snowballs?

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First, let’s focus on similes. These are techniques that can make our writing more descriptive.

Similes are comparisons between two different things using the words like or as.

Here is an example from Braedon:

The creature’s enormous eyes were as bright as the sun.

The comparisons in similes help the reader visualize the writing.

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What do snowballs have to do with this? Hmm, that’s a good question…

Sometimes we need to move a little bit in the afternoons. It gets hard to do our best work if we are sitting too long. So, we have been having “snowball” fights in our classroom!

Well, they aren’t really snowballs. First we do some writing work on a small piece of paper. Then we crumple up the paper. These are our “snowballs.”

"Snowballs"

When Mr. Salsich gives the signal we throw our snowballs around the room and at each other. After everyone gets a few throws, Mr. Salsich gives another signal and we stop and pick up the nearest snowball. Then we gather on the carpet and share what other people wrote on their snowball.

It is a fun way to get some movement and share our ideas.

Caution: Classroom snowball fights can cause uncontrollable excitement and laughter.

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Here are some similes from the students about what the room was like when we were writing our similes:

The classroom was as quiet as a cat stalking its prey. – Joey

The room was as quiet as a butterfly – Shea

The students were very quiet, like an owl flying – Creighton

And here are some similes about what the room was like during our snowball fight:

Suddenly the classroom was as loud as 25 lions roaring! – Taylor

The classroom got extremely loud, like a cannonball smashing into a brick wall - Chris.

All of a sudden, the room was as loud as a herd of buffalo! – Kayla

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What do you think about having “snowball” fights in class?

Can you think of any similes for these sentences: The room was as messy as … The student’s smile was like a… The student ran as fast as…




22 Responses to “Similes and Snowballs”

  1.   Gail Wesson Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich’s class,

    The classroom looks as exiting as a “3 Ring Circus!”

    From,
    Gail

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  2.   Luke Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich and class,

    That was extremely fun. Someone should of used the simile, Mr. Salsich’s eyes were as big as a chinchilla’s because chinchilla’s eyes are humongous. Or they could use the world was as round as a sphere.

    Your totally awesome student and classmate,

    Luke :lol:

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  3.   Bob (Maura's Dad) Says:

    Super Smart Salsichians:

    Looks like fun! I have done these “snowball” fights with classes of students and with groups of adults. They can be very fun as “ice-breaker” activities.

    My similes (holiday style):

    The room was as messy as Santa’s beard after eating a bowl full of chocolate pudding.

    The student’s smile was like a freshly tinseled Christmas tree.

    The student ran as fast as Blitzen, winner of the 2011 International Reindeer Games.

    Best,
    Bob

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  4.   Jackie Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich

    The snow ball fights were lots of fun. Instead of pictures maybe can we do a video that shows us writing them, making them, and throwing them. That will be fun to put it on Our World Our Stories. We can put it on because it is not fair that we can not keep going with that blog :(

    From
    Jackie

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  5.   Maura Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I really liked the snowball fight. I thought it was really fun, but when you said snowball fight, I thought we were going to go outside and have a real one! When we were making the snowball, it felt weird crumpling up my work.

    One simile is, the classroom was as messy as a town after it was hit by a tornado!

    Sincerely,
    Maura

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  6.   Anthony Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I think the snowball fight is the best part of the day. It was really fun because seeing snow balls being thrown at classmates is really funny. I also like to share the snow ball that I pick up from the ground.

    Your friend,

    Anthony :lol:

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  7.   Joey Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    Fantastic post! liked the title “similes and snowballs”. I also liked having the snowball fights. During them, the classroom gets as messy as a pig pen and as loud as a lion roaring. And the students would run as fast as wild, hungry tigers chasing a gazelle.

    Your student,
    Joey :lol:

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  8.   Kayla Says:

    Dear Class,

    I loved the snowball fight. I think it was really fun. It was extremely loud at first when we started but it still continued to be loud because we were having so much fun. I guess we got a little to loud with our laughing. Besides that it was really fun.

    Almost everyone ganged up on Mr. Salsich.

    Your friend,

    Kayla :lol:

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  9.   Nate Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I think snowball fights are so much fun. I like writing the similes too, that is fun too. And it helps us work. I think we should do them every afternoon.

    from,
    Nate :lol:

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  10.   Taylor Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    The snowball fights are awesome!
    It is so much fun to have them!

    Here are a couple of similes that I made up:
    The students pelted Mr. Salsich like machine guns‘ and ‘The students giggled like entertained hyenas.’ :lol:

    keep the snowball fights coming!

    Your student,
    Taylor

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  11.   Braedon Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I think the snowball fights are as fun as playing with my cousins (which is very fun.).

    your student,
    Braedon :)

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  12.   Chris in Mr. Salsich's class Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,
    :lol:

    I loved the snowball fights, I hope we have many more times.

    Here are some more similes.
    The room was as messy as a dump.
    I was as fast as a JET.
    We were as loud as a humpback whale.
    My sister swam as graceful as a dolphin.
    The class was as quite as a mouse.
    The world was as big as the whole solar system.

    When do you that we will do the snowball fights again?

    Your friend,
    Chris

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  13.   Carly Says:

    Dear Mr Salsich,

    I love the snowball fight. I think when we are doing a video we should do a snowball fight and it should have a slow motion snowball heading towards the camera. Having snowball fights feels like a 2nd recess, but in the afternoon. After we did it there was a snowball in the garbage. I never found out who got mine.

    From
    Carly ;)

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  14.   Bryan Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I think the snow ball fights were lots of fun. When you said “snowball fight” I thought we were going to go outside and have a really snowball fight! I was really mad that you made us crumple up our work because I worked hard on that first one. But it was really fun that we had snowball fights in the classroom. It was so fun to do a snowball fight.

    From,
    Bryan

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  15.   Dylan Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I had lots fun with our snow ball fight. My favorite part was the beginning because no one can throw a ball at you and because you don’t have to reach down for a snow ball.

    your friend
    Dylan ;)

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  16.   Jennifer Says:

    Dear Mr.Salsich,

    I really like having the snow ball fights. It is very fun! :) Throwing the balls is as fun as a real snowball fight! Last time I ended up with my own simile. I really like having the snowball fights, I hope we have them again soon!

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer :lol:

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  17.   Mrs Judy Mckenzie Says:

    Dear Mr Salsich and Grade 3,

    I can imagine the class was as noisy as a tree full of chattering chimpanzees during the snowball fight!

    (And Mr Salsich is like a wise old owl because he knows that kids need to move and have fun!)

    warm wishes,
    Mrs M♔Kenzie

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  18.   Jackie Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    The snowball fights are so fun.
    But why do we crumple up our work when we are in school? Because it is sad to see all of our work go to waste, but the fights are lots of fun.

    From,
    Jackie

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  19.   David Eldridge Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich’s Class,

    Here are a few similes:
    The room was as messy as a wizards pocket.
    The student’s smile was as free as moonlight.
    The students ran as fast as a thought.

    Love the snowball idea. it’s also a nice way of chosing different partners. Names on paper scrunch and throw. Pick a scrunchle and that’s your partner.

    Lovely warmth and enthusiasm in Connecticut again.

    Mr E
    Hawes Primary School
    England

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  20.   Tricia (Jackie's Mom) Says:

    Hi Mr. Salsich & Class:

    I love the idea of having a snowball fight inside the classroom! Though I cannot wait until we get some real snow :)

    I think it’s great the you do some writing and use those papers for your snowball fight and then read each others work aloud. It will get you prepared for speaking in public.

    Have fun!

    Tricia

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  21.   Taylor S. Says:

    Dear Mr. Salsich,

    I remember when we had a “snowball fight” last year. I liked it. It was a fun activity. I bet your students enjoyed it. I have a lot of similes in my head but here are just two:

    He was as slow as a snail.

    She was as fast as a bolt of lightning.

    Great post!

    Best Wishes,
    Your former student Taylor S. :)

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