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Onomatopoeia with Mr. Brown

Zoom into some grammar development action. In this lively lesson on onomatopoeia, students sound out and identify the sources of words like "boom" and "hiss."
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Students will be able to identify onomatopoeias.

(5 minutes)
  • Begin the lesson with an introduction to onomatopoeias. Explain that onomatopoeias are words that imitate the sounds of their source. For example, "buzz," which is used to describe the noise that bees make, actually sounds like that noise. Likewise, the word "woof" sounds like the barking of a dog.
(15 minutes)
  • Play 8-12 different sounds from the disk using a computer or CD player. Pause after each sound and ask students questions about it. Examples of questions you can ask are: Who or what is making the sound? What's the sound's onomatopoeia?
(30 minutes)
  • Read aloud Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? by Dr. Seuss.
  • Ask them to identify any onomatopoeias they hear as you read the story.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students work on the Animal Onomatopoeias worksheet. Encourage them to say each onomatopoeia out loud and figure out what animal it's related to.
  • Enrichment: Have advanced students complete the Comic Book Writing: Superhero Showdown worksheet. Ask them to include onomatopoeias in the sentences they add.

  • Support: Have struggling students listen to the sounds on the disk and try to spell them out. This will increase both their familiarity with the sounds and their understanding of onomatopoeia.
(15 minutes)
  • Write down different onomatopoeias on the board.
  • For each one, ask one volunteer to read it and another volunteer to identify its referent.
  • Make observations during this exercise to assess which students are and aren't comfortable with the topic of onomatopoeias.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask the class some review questions about onomatopoeias. Some great things to ask are: What's the definition of onomatopoeia? What are some examples of onomatopoeia?

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