Is it a Proverb or an Idiom?

Starting in grade 4, students start to expand their figurative language learning. Having practices similes and metaphors, they now move onto learning about proverbs and idioms.

What’s a proverb?

A proverb is a brief popular saying that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true.

For example:

If you play with fire, you’ll get burned.

Don’t bite the hand that feeds you.

What’s an idiom?

An idiom is a phrase or expression whose meaning cannot be determined from the literal meanings of the words it is made up of.

For example:

Cross that bridge when you come to it.  (Meaning: deal with a problem if and when it arises.)

You can’t judge a book by its cover.  (Meaning: you should not judge the worth or value of something by its outward appearance alone.)

Grade 4 proverbs and idioms worksheets

In our grade 4 vocabulary section, we have two sets of worksheets for students to practice proverbs and idioms.

These worksheets have students read a sentence and indicate if the sentence is a proverb or an idiom.

Grade 4 proverb idiom worksheets

With the help of a word bank, students complete the proverbs in these worksheets.

Grade 4 proverbs worksheets

Grade 5 proverbs and idioms worksheets

Students mark each sentence as a proverb or an idiom in these grade 5 worksheets.

Grade 5 proverb or idiom worksheets

Students work on completing grade-level proverb sentences, using a word bank.

Grade 5 proverbs worksheets