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Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4
Read the sentence below.

Ray knew his dad was not likely to help Ray pay to get his car fixed, so he was not surprised when his dad said, "I'll help you when pigs fly."

What does the idiom WHEN PIGS FLY mean?
  1. soon
  2. never
  3. maybe
  4. always
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5, L.5.5b
Read the sentence below.

When Joe stopped stealing from his mother and started stealing from stores, he jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire.

What does the idiom OUT OF THE FRYING PAN AND INTO THE FIRE mean?
  1. to get out of one bad place and into a worse one
  2. to find something that one enjoys doing daily
  3. to learn how to improve upon one's special skills
  4. to do something today instead of waiting around
Grade 5 Idiom
During a class discussion, Jason added fuel to the fire by suggesting that the trip was pointless.
What is the meaning of the idiom added fuel to the fire?
  1. gave someone good luck
  2. saw the positive in everything
  3. made a bad situation worse
  4. tried to do something again
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5, RL.5.4, L.5.5a, L.5.5b
What does the idiom the sky is the limit mean?
  1. Everyone has some limitations.
  2. The possibilities are endless.
  3. It will be a difficult journey.
  4. Not everything comes easily.
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5, RL.5.4, L.5.5, L.5.5b
What does the idiom cross your fingers mean?
  1. needing to be in one order
  2. to be in an extreme rush
  3. having to make a new plan
  4. hoping something goes one way
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5, L.5.5a
What is the correct way to write the idiom that means "a mild punishment"?
  1. slap at the wrist
  2. slap off the wrist
  3. slap to the wrist
  4. slap on the wrist
Grade 5 Idiom
This TV show is boring. Watching this show is like
  1. fighting a crocodile.
  2. reading an exciting book.
  3. watching paint dry.
  4. driving a racing car.
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5, RL.5.4, L.5.5, L.5.5a

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From the context of the sentence it appears in, what is most likely meant by the idiom "like nobody's business?"
  1. "Like the bandleader himself."
  2. "Like the owner of a trumpet business."
  3. "Like no one else could"
  4. "Like a live trumpet."
Grade 5 Idiom
What does "walking on eggs" mean?
  1. Trying to be quiet
  2. Walking on eggs and trying not to break the shells
  3. Cooking breakfast
  4. Very close to getting into serious trouble
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4
Malkia was on cloud nine. After all of her hard work, she had been voted the sophomore class president. Malkia had known she would get her friends' votes, but she had never expected to win. She had thought long and hard on her campaign until deciding that starting a recycling program was important to her. While other students talked about adding a vending machine here or spending more money on prom there, Malkia took her mother's advice: to take the bull by the horns. Her mother knew she could make a difference if she took a strong stance on her chosen issue.
On the day of her speech, Malkia was on pins and needles. She couldn't believe she had to speak in front of the whole school. Right before she started speaking, she thought to herself, Cross your fingers this goes well. After she finished her speech, the entire auditorium gave her a standing ovation. She realized that the entire class agreed that it was time for the student council to really make a difference. She was proud to be part of a group of people who wanted change and were willing to work for it. Winning the election was just the icing on the cake.

What is the meaning of to take the bull by the horns?
  1. to lose one's self-esteem
  2. to make a fool of oneself
  3. to try to fight an animal
  4. to take strong action
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5b
Read the sentences below.

Two weeks ago on Saturday, my friend Justin and I were biking along Riverside Trail when all at once Justin shouted, "There's something sparkling under those bushes."

What does the idiom ALL AT ONCE mean?
  1. fearfully
  2. happily
  3. loudly
  4. suddenly
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4
Even though Vinny was a great soccer player, he had never run a race in his life. So he was floored when Coach Briggs asked Vinny if he had ever thought about running track. "Me? But I don't run races, sir. I just place soccer. I would be in over my head running track!" Vinny said.

"You race against other players in soccer, don't you? So running is a piece of cake," Coach Briggs said. "This is just a little faster, and you don't have to kick a ball at the same time. With my help, the sky is the limit! It might even make you a better soccer player."

After thinking it over, Vinny agreed to come out to the next track practice. The first day, Vinny realized track wasn't as easy as it sounds. Because Coach Briggs thought him to be a natural runner, he threw Vinny out of the frying pan and into the fire. Vinny had to run against the school track star, Jose. Jose easily beat Vinny, and Vinny was embarrassed to face the team the rest of the practice.

After practice, Vinny approached Coach Briggs. "Look, I appreciate the chance, but track is just not for me. Soccer is easy and fun; track is hard, and I am just no good at it. I think I should just stick to soccer."

"Vinny," Coach Briggs said. "I never said track would be easy, but it has only been one day. Whenever you try something new, you have to go for broke. It won't always be easy, but I believe you will be a great runner one day. Maybe you will even be a star."

What is the meaning of the idiom "piece of cake"?
  1. unusual
  2. exciting
  3. dangerous
  4. easy
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5a, L.5.5b
"Please zip your lips."

This sentence is an example of what type of figurative language?
  1. idiom
  2. hyperbole
  3. personification
  4. metaphor
Grade 5 Idiom
Peter is very thin. Peter is as skinny as
  1. a bean pole
  2. an ancient oak tree
  3. a sleeping bulldog
  4. a tall sailboat
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4

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In paragraph 6, the phrase "fish out of water" indicates that Mario:
  1. did not fit in.
  2. was thirsty.
  3. did not hear well.
  4. was hungry.
Grade 5 Idiom
Cory is complaining to his mother about her strict rules. He threatens to run away from home if she doesn't allow him to do what he wants.

His mother replies, "James, don't bite the hand that feeds you."

Cory's mother's response was appropriate for the situation.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5, L.5.5b
Which of the following is an expression that means something different from what it says is?
  1. connotation
  2. simile
  3. idiom
  4. hyperbole
Grade 5 Idiom
The wood was easy to cut. Mary's saw cut through the book like
  1. rain pounding on a tin roof
  2. a sharp scissors cutting a tin can
  3. diamonds on a necklace
  4. a hot knife through butter
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5, L.5.5b
Which phrase is NOT an example of an idiom?
  1. feeling under the weather
  2. kill two birds with one stone
  3. see eye to eye
  4. best teacher in the whole world
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.5.5a, L.5.5b
Hold your horses and I'm broke are two examples of          idioms         .
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