Adages and Proverbs

Anchor Charts


Enjoy these activities to help teach the skill adages and proverbs to your students.

Adages and Proverbs Anchor Chart

This anchor chart gives definitions for adages and proverbs and provides examples of each.

Adage Definition - an old and well-known saying that expresses a general truth

Proverb Definition - a brief popular saying (such as “Too many cooks spoil the broth.”) that gives advice about how people should live or that expresses a belief that is generally thought to be true 

As you can see the definitions are very close. I have seen some exercises that have students sort sayings by adage and proverb. This is very subjection. Different references may list the same saying as being both. Instead, I work with students on understanding the meanings of the expressions.




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