Onomatopoeia is the imitation of natural sounds in word form. These words help us form mental pictures about the things, people, or places that are described. Sometimes the word names a thing or action by copying the sound. For example: Bong! Hiss! Buzz!
Students, work in groups of three to four. Brainstorm for approximately 5 minutes. List all the onomatopoeia words that you can. Swap lists between groups. The other group should write a person's name, a place or a thing that first comes to their mind when they hear the word.
For homework, find at least 5 examples of onomatopoeia in the comic strip section of the newspaper.
Students should write 5 descriptive sentences that contain at least one example of onomatopoeia. Rewrite the sentences and put a blank where the onomatopoeia word is located. Exchange the paper with a neighbor and fill in the blank with an onomatopoeia word. Compare the sentences. See if you changed the meaning of the sentence.
Students bring in two pictures from magazines that show action. Write a paragraph that describes the action and include as many onomatopoeia words as you can. Students should get in groups of four and let the author read their paragraph. See if the students can choose the picture that the author was describing.
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