1. A for effort!
Recognizing that someone tried hard to accomplish something although they might not have been successful.
Example: “The cake didn’t turn out like she had planned, but I give her an A for effort!”
Someone who copies the work (or mimics the actions) of others.
Example: “Janie is a copycat- she was looking at my answers while we were taking the test!”
3. Learn (something) by heart
To memorize something completely.
Example: “I have played that song so many times that I have learned it by heart and don’t even have to look at the music.”
4. Pass with flying colors
To pass (a test) easily and with a high score.
Example: “Todd must have studied a long time because he passed the test with flying colors.”
5. Play hooky
To skip school.
Example: “My friends are playing hooky today so they can be first in line for concert tickets this afternoon.”
6. Drop out of school
To stop attending school.
Example: “Mary had to drop out of school when his mother became ill so that he could help take care of her.”
7. Put your thinking cap on
To think in a serious manner.
Example: “We’re all going to have to put our thinking caps on to tackle this big problem.”
8. Show of hands
Raising hands to vote about something.
Example: “By a show of hands, how many of you would prefer to have the test on Friday?”
9. Teacher’s pet
The teacher’s favorite student.
Example: “Jonathan is the teacher’s pet- she always calls on him first.”
Someone who reads a lot.
Example: “She is such a bookworm! She seems to have a new book every day!”