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Onomatopoeia Worksheets and Activities

Onomatopoeia is when a word’s pronunciation imitates its sound. Onomatopoeic words should not be confused with interjections, a part of speech, although onomatopoeic words may be used as interjection. Poets and writers use onomatopoeia to immerse readers into their poetry and to access auditory imagery. My students love learning about onomatopoeia and generally master it the first time that we cover it. Here are a variety of onomatopoeia worksheets and activities to help students better understand onomatopoeia.

Onomatopoeia Worksheet 1 – Students identify the onomatopoeic word used in twenty-five different sentences. Students also take the additional step of identifying the source of the noise. Taking this extra step will help to reinforce the concept of onomatopoeia in that they are sound effects.
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Onomatopoeia Worksheet 2 – Another double-sided worksheet in which students locate the onomatopoeic word used in each sentence. They then explain what was making the noise in each sentence. A great way to review and reinforce the concept of onomatopoeia for first time learners.
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Onomatopoeia Worksheet 3 – Twenty-five more sentences, each containing an onomatopoeic words. Students identify the onomatopoeia, circle it, and then explain what in the sentence is creating the sound.
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Onomatopoeia Lesson – This PowerPoint presentation describes onomatopoeia and how it is different from interjections. It provides several examples of onomatopoeia and a review. This is the same slide show used in my video presentation on the right.
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Common Core State Standards Related to Onomatopoeia

Anchor Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

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ELA Standards: Literature

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.6.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.7.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of rhymes and other repetitions of sounds (e.g., alliteration) on a specific verse or stanza of a poem or section of a story or drama.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.8.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.9-10.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language evokes a sense of time and place; how it sets a formal or informal tone).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.11-12.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

ELA Standards: Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships and nuances in word meanings.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5a – Explain the meaning of simple similes and metaphors (e.g., as pretty as a picture) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a – Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5b – Recognize and explain the meaning of common idioms, adages, and proverbs.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.6.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., literary, biblical, and mythological allusions) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g. verbal irony, puns) in context.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.9-10.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., euphemism, oxymoron) in context and analyze their role in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.11-12.5a – Interpret figures of speech (e.g., hyperbole, paradox) in context and analyze their role in the text.

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  1. Rhett

     /  November 29, 2016

    Hmmmm interesting
    ahhhh I like it
    Whoo hoo! I love it!

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