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04.28.04 (3:44 pm)   [edit]
Hey, are you [i][b]all ears [/b][/i]for an amusing assignment?


Today we will have some fun with idioms and weblogs! You are free to create your own sentences using any idiom you choose. The topic is weblogs! Have fun!

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03.10.04 (7:20 pm)   [edit]
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Wow! What a story! Yoceline did some good thinking to put this story together. Her illustrations are excellent! Can you use some of the idioms in the story in a sentence or better yet, comment on the story with another idiom?

Emily & SuperThinker's Great Idiom Stories!
03.01.04 (8:17 am)   [edit]
[i][b]Emily wrote a great idiom story about [b]SuperThinker[/b]![/b][/i]

Once opon a time, there was a great super hero, [u]busy as a beaver [/u]helping the World Wide Web blog. It's SUPERTHINKER!!!! Using only hi-tech equipment, she never buys a [u]pig in a poke[/u].

One sleepy day, Superthinker heard a yell for help, so soaring through the air she heard the cry for help once again. She was [u]all ears[/u], "Aha" she said spotting the distressed blogger. "Help!!!!!!!!!!" She heard again but landed next to the blogger in distress. "HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU CHANGE THE BLOGS BACKGROUND SUPERTHINKER!!!" The Blogger screamed, attracting attention. Right then, Superthinker knew the blogger was [u]chewing up the scenery[/u] and [u]making a mountain out of a molehill[/u]. Then Superthinker told the blogger what to do [u]in a nutshell[/u]. "Don't worry, [u]it's a piece of cake[/u]." She then was interrupted. "But I heard [u]through the grapevine[/u] about all of this complicated nonsense!" See you press this button and do this." Thank you so much Superthinker! I didn't mean to [u]make waves[/u]!!!" the blogger said while taking his hat off. "Also don't think you have to [u]shape up or ship out[/u] to be a blogger, [u]Rome was not built in a day [/u]you know!" Superthinker added, as she zoomed off. The blogger was on [u]cloud nine [/u]and was [u]tickled pink[/u].

[b][i]SuperThinker replied to Emily's story with a delightful idiom story of her own![/i][/b]

Today, I, SuperThinker, world famous superhero blogger, really [u]got a kick out [/u]of a post by Emily. Being honored by her praises, I flew [u]quick as a wink[/u] to my computer Her writing proves that she's no slouch. Though I am superfabulous in my own right, I was really [u]bowled over [/u]by her great writing! She‚s a [u]quick study[/u] and writes about important subjects but [u]never bites off more than she can chew[/u]! Rain or shine I'll always be her fan. She's part of a group of great thinkers who are A-okay in my book! Since they always [u]do a bang up job[/u], I [u]keep an eye out [/u]for their writing. The group's head hancho, Mrs. Davis, is [u]on the cutting edge[/u], [u]always on the dot[/u], and [u]never rubs her readers the wrong way[/u]! To [u]top it all off[/u], she's [u]never tight fisted [/u]with compliments.

[u]Don't bang your head against a wall[/u] trying to figure out if I, SuperThinker, will ever forget Emily and the great honor she gave me. My answer--not on your life!

Quiet as a Mouse
02.10.04 (8:31 am)   [edit]
Jennifer chose the idiom "quiet as a mouse" which means silent or still; making very little noise; saying nothing. Here is her clever illustration:


There are lots of similes in English that use animal traits, such as "blind as a bat" and "proud as a peacock." "Quiet as a mouse" goes back to the late 1500's. Mice are extremely quiet little animals who race around very noiselessly in search of food, especially at night.

On the Ball
01.31.04 (11:05 am)   [edit]
Yoceline selected the idiom "on the ball." It means alert, effective, skillful, knowledgeable, ready to go.


This idiom originated with British football, what we call soccer. It could also be said that a person is "on top of things." As ball games became more popular, so did this expression.

Yoceline is showing us how we can be purposeful and alert in other areas, such as eating lunch! Lots of other students would join her in being on the ball as they are heading toward the cafeteria!

Our group is on the ball as we keep learning more and more about idioms!

Fight Tooth and Nail
01.26.04 (9:13 am)   [edit]
Derrick picked the idiom "Fight Tooth and Nail". It means to fight fiercely, furiously, and ferociously! Derrick has a great illustration:


This colorful expression goes far back to a Latin proverb that became a French saying centuries later and finally came into English in 1562. When wild animals fight, they often bite and claw each other. Sometimes people fight fiercely, as if they were animals fighting a deadly battle "tooth and nail".

Pull Yourself Together
01.15.04 (12:35 pm)   [edit]
Jerry chose this idiom. The meaning of "pull yourself together" is to get control over your emotions and become calm after being very upset. Jerry has a good illustration.


There are lots of idioms that you could use for being upset: "blowing one's top", "breaking down," "falling apart," "going to pieces," "losing one's head,", etc. All of these mean that you are losing control of your feelings. So, when people get calm after being upset, they have pulled themselves together again.

Raise an Eyebrow
01.10.04 (10:42 am)   [edit]
Jacqueline put her shoulder to the wheel when she came up with a very good sentence and an excellent illustration for the idiom "raise an eyebrow".

"Raise an eyebrow" means to surprise or shock people by doing or saying something ourtageous. It usually causes somebody to show disapproval in his or her facial expression.

This idiom is fairly modern and represents what happens to lots of people's faces when they see or hear something that really startles them. They raise their eyebrows.

Wow! I can't wait to hear the sentences the rest of you will make next week. You may even become idiom experts before this year is over! Wouldn't that be something?

Now, I hope I have some really good idiom detectives who are thinking so hard that new wrinkles are being made in those brains- thinking wrinkles, of course. Can anyone locate an additional idiom in these paragraphs?????

Nutty as a Fruitcake
01.07.04 (1:38 pm)   [edit]
This idiom comes from Luz. The meaning of "nutty as a fruitcake" is crazy or extremely strange in behavior or dress.

This widely used saying started in America in the 1920's. "Nutty" was slang for crazy; a "nut" was a strange person who seemed abnormal in the way he or she appeared or dressed. Fruitcakes contain lots of nuts, so if a person is as "nutty as a fruitcake," he or she is really strange.

Take note of Luz's sentence:
I was certain that Mandy's sister was nutty as a fruitcake.

We can't wait to hear the sentences you come up with for this idiom!

A big thanks to SuperThinker's neices and nephews! We loved the sentences they wrote!

Egg on Your Face
12.16.03 (5:25 pm)   [edit]
This idiom comes from Emily, complete with her very own illustration!

When Kent split his pants in class, he had egg on his face.


The idiom "egg on my face" means to be very embarassed or humiliated for something foolish that you did or said.

This American saying is probably from the 1950's. It could have come from the image of a sloppy eater, embarassed because they had food on his face. Or it might have come from the custom of rude audiences in the old days throwing raw eggs at performers they did not like.

Apple of My Eye
12.10.03 (7:43 pm)   [edit]
This idiom comes from Yoceline. The meaning of "apple of my eye" is a person or thing that is greatly loved, treasured, and adored.

Did you know that this saying is used in the Bible? Ancient people believed that the pupil of the eye was solid and shaped like an apple. The pupil ("apple of the eye" ) was considered very precious because without it, you could not see.

Here is Yoceline's sentence:
[b]My little sister is the apple of my eye.[/b]

Can you come up with a sentence?

What are idioms?
10.30.03 (7:20 pm)   [edit]
The English language has thousands of idioms. idioms are expressions in which the meaning of the whole expression has a different meaning from the meanings of the individual words.

If you want to understand a language, you have to know what the idioms in that language mean. You have to figure out its "hidden" meaning, not the literal meaning.

I am working with a great little group of fifth graders who are excited to be learning about idioms.

So we are going to talk about idioms, their meanings, and their origins. We may illustrate them, write sentences, tell stories, and use idioms because we love learning about language. Some of us have spoken English all our lives and some are just learning. this blog is going to be a place where we can read and speak with new understanding and have lots of fun as we learn! The next post will spotlight our first idiom that we will be studying and enjoying using in many ways!

We want to give credit to [b][i]Scholastic Dictionary of Idioms [/i][/b]by Marvin Terban. It is the best book to learn idioms because it gives definitions and origins of idioms. We love this book. It is fun to read and we're learning a lot.

We get a kick out of learning about idioms!