Oh! hey figurative language! One of my favorite figurative language elements to teach is similes. To teach similes, I use Hanoch Piven's My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks. The author describes a little girl's family using objects around the house. After we read the story, we talk about the different similes we see in the story. Then, the students create their own self portrait using similes. For example, my hair is as yellow as a Sunflower. I drew sunflowers for my hair. The self portraits look amazing hanging around the room for B2SN or Open House.