The Bee’s Knees!


Posted by Miss Crowther | Posted in Literacy | Posted on November 13, 2014

This week we have been learning about different literary devices in texts.  Literary devices are tools that make a text better. They include:

Alliteration: Two or more words in a row that start with the same sound

Hyperbole: An exaggerated statement

Metaphor: Used to compare two things

Onomatopoeia: Used to describe words that sound like their meaning

Personification: When human characteristics are given to objects

Idiom: An expression that doesn’t mean exactly what it says

Simile: Used to compare two things – ‘like’ or ‘as’ are used

To read about them in more detail,  click HERE.

Today we watched the YouTube clip below to see how movies and songs use literary devices all the time.



We thought it was ‘The bee’s knees!‘ and ‘As good as gold!’

All week we have been having fun sharing the idioms, metaphors, similes and hyperboles we read, hear and use each day.  We have taken to it like moths to flames! It is amazing how many times  we use literary devices every day – often without knowing!

We would love to hear your examples of literary devices!


Comments (16)

Hi Miss Crowther and 5/6 Team@UPPS

That was a great video about literary devices. We watched a podcast in Term Three that shared some examples of figurative language in TV commercials.

Our class have just finished listening to a story that is full of figurative language called The Phantom Tollbooth. Have you heard of it? There were some very bad puns scattered amongst the pages of this book. One was about jumping to conclusions where in the book you end up jumping to a real island.

We also looked closely at some idioms and like you found that we use many of these in our everyday conversations with out realising that we are doing it. We created a Padlet with some examples of idioms.

Mrs S and 5/6 CS

I have never heard of The Phantom Tollbooth before! What are some Literary devices you heard?
What’s a Padlet? What are idioms you know?

Our class has been watching videos, reading texts and scanning through song lyrics to find Literary devices!
Got to go,

Hi Mrs S,

Thank you for the lovely comment. It is great to have different people comment on our blog.
We looked at your Padlet- what a cool idea. It has inspired us to do our own now and we will hopefully start soon!

I have never heard of The Phantom Tollbooth before. What was it about? What would you rate it?

Happy Bogging! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Chelsea form the 5/6 Team

Hi Mrs S and 5/6,
We really liked your videos our favourite video was the ‘knock yourself out’ one because it was funny. We will be making our videos next week so you will be able to see them.

Bye for now

Brodie and Brent

Hi Mrs S
We thought the animations that your class made were cool and we were just wondering how in the world did u make them so fantastic!! Our best choice was “knock yourself out”.
From Laikyn and Marnie

Hello Mrs Smith,

We liked your animations. Our favourite was ‘knock yourself out’! – what was your favourite animation? It was funny.

How did you make them and was it hard? What is your favourite literacy device? We like all of them!

See you later,
Seth and Bailey are out!

Hello Mrs S,

We enjoyed looking at your Padlets. Natasha’s favourite three Padlets were:
‘when pigs fly’, ‘knock yourself out’ and ‘a piece of cake’

My three favourite Padlets were:
when pigs fly
run of the mill
and hit the hay

How did you make the video Padlets? They look pretty good!

What websites were used to make them?

Which literary device do you think is easiest?

What is your favourite Padlet?

Bye for now,
Natasha and Grayson.

Hi Natasha and Grayson

Thanks for the compliments about our idiom animations and pictures.

We used a program called Pivot Animator to create our videos and then uploaded them onto our Padlet wall. We used ArtRage2 to create our backgrounds and imported those into Pivot. We were able to export our finished work as an avi file. An avi file is a movie file.

I think that creating an alliterative sentence might be the easiest literary device.


Mrs S


First of all, thanks for commenting!

We had a look at your Padlet and we enjoyed watching the animations and having a giggle at the idioms. Tayla-Jade’s favourite idiom from your Padlet is ‘Pig out’ and Tanyshah’s is ‘Knock yourself out’ and ‘Hot dog!’

Got to go,
Tayla-Jade and Tanyshah! 🙂

Hello Mrs S,

It’s great to hear that your class is focusing on the same topic in reading as us. Our favourite animation was the “Knock yourself out” because it’s funny and it’s got a reason to it.

All of the animations were very creative and interesting and the class LOVED them as they were funny but true! After we saw your animations we all wanted to make our own as a class and next week we get to make one!

What one was your favourite animations?

Kind regards,
Mia and Emily 🙂

Hi Mia and Emily

Thank you for your feedback about our idiom animations. We had fun creating them. I do not have one favourite as I found something in each one that made me smile.

We also found that the more we talked about idioms the more we noticed them being used as part of our everyday language.

Good luck with making your own animations.

Mrs S

Hi Mrs S,

Our favourite video was ‘knock yourself out’ because it was different. You would not knock yourself out
we also liked ‘hold your horses’ and ‘a piece of cake’.

From Cam and Dylan

Hello everyone,

I love using puns and similes because you can make people laugh when it is funny. My family use lots of literary devices all the time. I know lots of literary devices but I will tell you some of them.

Some of them are…

*You have cleaned your room as good as sparkling gold.”

*You are so funny.” This happened when someone wasn’t being funny and the other person was being silly.

*No offence.” This is used lots when someone is in line for 4 square and they want to get in and don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings.

Got to go,
Olivia M

Hi Olivia

You have come up with lots of great examples of literary devices in real life. Was it you that cleaned that your room ‘as good as sparkling gold’?

Since we have talked about literary devices in class, I have noticed a lot more literary devices in books and things that people say.

Here is one I noticed last night:
“Now there’s water all over the world!” – (My husband said this when he spilt water on the bench.) Can you guess which literary device this is?

From Mrs Placek

Hello Mrs Placek,

Good literary device for your husband. For your question about my literary device it was when my sisters had cleaned up the mess they made. I think your literary device was a idiom because it is an expression that doesn’t mean exactly what it says.
Before we started talking about literary devices I didn’t even really know what they were. Now I have realised that we use them all the time.

Got to go,
Olivia M

Hi people,

Our favourite video was ‘How to knock yourself out’. We like it because it is funny and cool.

Bye for now.

George and Brock

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