Let's start with using the Wonderopolis website (which was revamped in May 2013) for helping to teach figurative language. The Phillips Family post suggests "wonders" to help teach simile, metaphor, alliteration, personification, hyperbole, onomatopoeia, and idiom. The Wonderopolis site has a key audio feature which would be most helpful for all students, but in particular our ELL students. Highlight words and a button will show to hear the audio pronunciation of the word or words.
The Educator Sandbox on the Wonderopolis website includes a search feature correlated to the Common Core State Standards.
I enjoy using Wonders as a springboard for additional research. I have asked my students to explore a particular wonder (groups/partners/individual) and then to wonder further...create 3 or 4 additional questions about the topic (more that they'd like to learn about/explore) and then conduct additonal research to answer their new questions...
Then I have them present their findings to the rest of the group.
Also, the new format for scrolling through wonder topics makes this navigation easy.