Onomatopoeia Teacher Resources
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Some words actually sound like their meaning. When this happens, it's known as onomatopoeia. Learners look at a series of pictures, and match up a bunch of words with the pictures they sound like. For example, the word buzz would go with the picture of a bee. Then, they choose from the same word bank to answer four other questions about omomatopoeia. A good language arts worksheet!
What's the Buzz About Onomatopoeia?
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Learners write onomatopoeia poems. In this creative writing activity, students listen to a picture book that introduces the concept of onomatopoeia. Learners create their own list of words and write a short poem using onomatopoeia.
Fifth graders distinguish onomatopoeia. In this poetry lesson students search for onomatopoeia examples in poetry. Students determine a definition for onomatopoeia.
A Fantasy Story: Baby Bear's Space Journey
Give this literacy instructional activity to your beginning readers to help them draw out key details and retell in their own words. They read a short fantasy story about a bear in space which includes dialogue, onomatopoeia, and a simple story line. Then, learners tell it in their own words and answer three comprehension questions by circling pictures. While no writing is involved, scholars get practice answering questions and making inferences.
Thud! Squiff! Create sound effects with words. Introduce your youngsters to onomatopoeia with these fun, rainy-day poems. They write down sound words, discussing rhythm and rhyme. You can also incorporate the author's use of capital letters and structure as an objective here. Remember to have scholars say the words aloud if they can.
Fifth graders investigate onomatopoeia. In this reading lesson, 5th graders create a list of onomatopoeic words from books read and brainstorm words of their own in small groups.
Creating Sentences with Onomatopoeia Words
Third graders create sentences. In this sentences lesson students use onomatopoeia words to write sentences. They make a movement to match their onomatopoeia word. The students discuss why an author might use onomatopoeia in their writing.
Learners identify and create onomatopoeia. In this poetry writing lesson, students are shown examples of onomatopoeia and are given comic books and newspapers to find examples of onomatopoeia. Each student creates a full page ad for a magazine to advertise products by using onomatopoeia.
Poetry: Lesson 5
Fifth graders review their metaphor poems and mini posters and use magazine pictures to describe onomatopoeia. In this poetry lesson plan, 5th graders draw comic strips using onomatopoeia words.
Snap, Crackle Pop: Sound Elements in Poetry
Fifth graders are introduced to three sound elements used in poetry: onomatopoeia, alliteration and rhyme.
Introduce your scholars to onomatopoeia and alliteration using a language elements worksheet. They examine six sound words and match them to four pictures. Next, learners read two examples of alliteration and write one of their own. They also read a poem that demonstrates how words can be funny. Consider letting writers create their own funny poem. This worksheet doesn't introduce the proper figurative language terms.
Thematic and organizational patterns in McLaurin's "The Rite Time of Night"
Discover how authors design narrative and thematic structure with these practice activities for McLaurin’s “The Rite Time of Night.” Learners are encouraged to track repeating patterns such as references to nature or types of conflicts experienced by the characters in the story, and annotate them by color. From their findings, pupils can create their own story with a narrative structure similar to structures used by a professional.
Here's an Instant Activity: Onomatopeia Word-Search
Eighth graders complete a worksheet on onomatopoeia. In this spelling instructional activity, 8th graders review the concept of onomatopoeia. The attached worksheet for students includes a word-search of thirty onomatopeic words. Although the instructional activity is suggested for 8th graders, it could be used with younger students as well.
What are Onomatopoeias?
Sixth graders identify and define onomatopoeias using a SMART Notebook embedded with the magic eraser, magic mirror and magic glasses. For the final product, Students create either a comic strip with examples of onomatopoeias.
Students are introduced to onomatopoeias and practice using them in their writings. As a class, they participate in an activity in which they make noises and create a picture of what is happening in their minds. They share their lastest writing piece and use onomatopoeias when appropriate.
Setting the Tone with Figurative Language
Explore figurative language with your secondary class. Extending a language arts unit, the lesson prompts middle schoolers to examine how an author's word choice establishes a story's tone, possibly using metaphors, similes, onomatopoeia, alliteration, and personification. They can then develop their own plots using figurative language.
The Poetry of Giving
Learn about philanthropy and poetic conventions with an inclusive lesson about Bill Gates. After learning about Mr. Gates' humanitarian efforts in the world, sixth graders use alliteration, onomatopoeia, rhyme, rhythm, and refrain in their own poems about philanthropy. Use this lesson in a unit about humanitarianism, or with articles about other non-profit organizations.
Students read the books Moo Who? and Boo Hoo Moo and do language arts activities with them. In this language arts lesson plan, students are assigned activities based on the two books given. The activities include onomatopoeia activities, rhyming activities, music activities, researching animal activities, and cooking activities.
Spicy Hot Colors
Students participate in interdisciplinary activities based on the book Spicy Hot Colors. In this Spicy Hot Colors lesson, students explore colors by graphing and going on a color walk around school. Students make predictions and then listen to Spicy Hot Colors. Students recall the colors in the book and discuss some of the techniques used in the story such as rhyming and Onomatopoeia. Students participate in additional art and music activities.