Words that imitate the natural sound of something are said to be exhibiting onomatopoeia.

There are words in the English language that mimic a natural sound. When these sounds the words make directly reflect the meaning of the word, we refer to this an example of onomatopoeia. When onomatopoeia is used it can help build the mood and tone of the story or even a sentence. For example if we looked at an example of a sentence that employs this technique versus one that does not, it is evident. What if we look at the difference between two sentences, one that uses this technique and one that does not. Sentence 1: The car drove by. Sentence 2: The car whizzed by. In both sentence we know a car is in motion, but the second sentence tells us that thing is moving fast. This is all achieved by just changing one word.

Onomatopoeia is often found in many great works of literature. It can help create worlds and a sense for characters of a story like no other. Any work that draws upon and elicits an emotional response from a reader will often use this technique to achieve it. These worksheets will help students learn to identify and use onomatopoeia in their own work. This series of worksheets can help you learn how to apply this in your writing. The worksheets start out by learning to identify the usage in other writer’s work. We start out by working with sentences and transition to multi-sentence groups and ultimately land on working in a paragraph environment. We eventually work up to constructing our own sentences which leads us to paragraph writing as well. I would encourage students to brainstorm words by saying them aloud. I often find that when you explore at least five word choices, you have a much better outcome. This is one of those skills that may require you to look up a few words at first. As you gain experience, it will come easy for you.

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Printable Onomatopoeia Worksheets

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The Car

Match each situation to the onomatopoeia that describes it.

Words that Express Sound

The goal is to identify words that sounds like the sound it is describing. In the sentences below, the underlined words are examples of this that you can find.

Describing Sound with Words

They have you start with a matching sentence activity and then finish off with good old writing sentences.

Recognizing Sounds Like That

We give you a few examples and then we set you to underline instances within sentences.

Hiding in Plan Cite

Another identification activity that has you identify subjects for a bit. On the line, write what made the noise.

Sound Words

I would suggest that say the sentences aloud that give you any trouble.

Think of Words

Think about the sound that each object makes. Then write an word on the line that describes each sound.

Animal Sounds

Many onomatopoeia words describe the sounds that animals make. For each word below, draw a picture of an animal that would make that sound. You remember that farm unit you did.

The Sounds People Make

Write a sentence using each words that are given. They all relate to the sounds that humans make. Put them in the right context.

The Sounds of Destruction

These words all relate to some form of a collision or blow. What might each sound below be describing? Write your answer in the box.

Matching and Sentence Rewrites

Start by matching words to subjects that create the sound. Rewrite a bunch of sentences by using descriptive sound words.

Da Words

Find the words in the sentences and then write an original sentence that includes the word in each box.

Words that Describe Sound

Use the word bank to help you complete each sentence.

Subject Sentence

You will be given a subject and asked to write a unique sentence with it.

The Sounds of Music

There are many onomatopoeia words that describe music. Read each word. Then write what kind of sound or instrument each word could be used to described.