- Fifth Grade
- 60 minutes
- Standards: RL.5.4
Does onomatopoeia BANG your students up or cause them to want to BARF? Help them out with this comical lesson on the well-known figurative device. Students will have a fun time completing worksheets and using onomatopoeias themselves.
Students will understand the concept of onomatopeia and be able to use them in writing.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Have students complete the Comic Book Onomatopoeias worksheet.
- Ask students what they saw as they worked through the sheet.
- Tell students that onomatopoeias are popular in comic books and graphic novels because they are words that sound like what they describe.
- Explain to students that in this lesson, they will use onomatopoeias in various texts.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Read aloud the directions for the A Crash Course in Onomatopoeia and then look at the first example: "phone."
- Have students discuss what the onomatopoeia for this image might be.
- Remind students that onomatopoeia is a word that imitates its sound.
- Students should answer, "ring."
- Go through a few more of the examples and allow students to come up with the onomatopoeia for each image.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have students work in pairs to complete the Onomatopoeia worksheet.
- Students will follow the directions on the sheet and use a word bank to complete the assignment.
Independent Working Time (25 minutes)
- Have students work independently to create a short story about a visit to a farm or the zoo using the words found on the Animal Onomatopoeia worksheet.
- Tell students that they must use at least 10 of the onomatopoeias in the word bank.
- Enrichment: Allow advanced students to create a mini-comic using onomatopoeias during Independent Working Time. They can view the How to Fold a Mini Comic video to learn how to make the book.
- Support: Allow struggling students to complete the Animal Onomatopoeias worksheet and discuss which animals make the sounds.
Related Books and/or Media
- VIDEO: Onomatopoeia by mindy bauer
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Hand out the sticky notes.
- Have each student write the definition of onomatopoeia and five examples of onomatopoeia on his sticky note.
- Give students five minutes to complete this assignment.
- Use the notes as an informal assessment tool.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Have students explain in their own words what they learned today.
- Allow students to ask questions that they still have about onomatopoeia.