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Hueneme Elementary School District
English Language Development
Idioms by Grade Level (June, 2010)

The following list of idioms (proverbs, expressions, sayings) is by no means exhaustive. The initial list was taken from Core Knowledge and expanded to include more common idioms. The intent is to support English Language Development through deliberate instruction and student practice/production of idiomatic expressions.

Kindergarten

A dog is man’s best friend
A little bird told me
April showers bring May flowers
Better safe than sorry
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Easy as pie
The early bird gets the worm
Get a move on
Look before you leap
Lose (one’s) temper
Mind your own business
Piece of cake
Pitch in
A place for everything and everything in its place
Practice makes perfect
Quiet as a mouse
Rain or shine
[It’s] raining cats and dogs
Where there’s a will there’s a way

Hueneme Elementary School District
English Language Development
Idioms by Grade Level (June, 2010)

The following list of idioms (proverbs, expressions, sayings) is by no means exhaustive. The initial list was taken from Core Knowledge and expanded to include more common idioms. The intent is to support English Language Development through deliberate instruction and student practice/production of idiomatic expressions.

First Grade

(It’s) about time
a.m. and p.m.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
Call it a day
Change one’s mind
By ear (to play or recite)
Easy come, easy go
Easy going
Fish out of water
Food for thought
Have a sweet tooth
Hit the nail on the head
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again
Land of Nod
Let the cat out of the bag
Lose one’s train of thought
Make up (one’s) mind
Make (oneself) at home
The more the merrier
Never leave till tomorrow what you can do today
Pull someone’s leg
Read between the lines
Safe and sound
Save the day
Sour grapes
Take it easy
There’s no place like home
Wolf in sheep’s clothing
X marks the spot
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Hueneme Elementary School District
English Language Development
Idioms by Grade Level (June, 2010)

The following list of idioms (proverbs, expressions, sayings) is by no means exhaustive. The initial list was taken from Core Knowledge and expanded to include more common idioms. The intent is to support English Language Development through deliberate instruction and student practice/production of idiomatic expressions.

Second Grade

All in a day’s work
Back to the drawing board
Better late than never
Big shot
Break the news
Cold feet
Don’t cry over spilled milk.
Don’t judge a book by its cover
Easier said than done
Eaten out of house and home
Elbow room
Everything but the kitchen sink
Get a taste of your own medicine
Get up on the wrong side of the bed
Great oaks from little acorns grow
How on earth (How in the world)
In hot water
In the same boat
Jam-packed
Keep your fingers crossed
A lucky break
A must
No picnic
On the tip of one’s tongue
Play it safe
Practice what you preach
To ring a bell
To rock the boat
To save money for a rainy day
Two heads are better than one
Turn over a new leaf
Well off
Where there’s a will there’s a way
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks

Hueneme Elementary School District
English Language Development
Idioms by Grade Level (June, 2010)

The following list of idioms (proverbs, expressions, sayings) is by no means exhaustive. The initial list was taken from Core Knowledge and expanded to include more common idioms. The intent is to support English Language Development through deliberate instruction and student practice/production of idiomatic expressions.

Third Grade

Actions speak louder than wordsThe show must go on
Add insult to injuryTo tighten one’s belt
Apple of someone’s eyeTouch and go
Ball park figureScratch the surface
His bark...
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