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.

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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

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like to the sound it is describing. In the sentences below, the underlined words are examples of onomatopoeia.

Describing Sound with Words

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the sound that it describes.

Recognizing Onomatopoeia

Underline the onomatopoeia words in each sentence.

Hiding in Plan Cite

Find the onomatopoeia in each sentence. On the line, write what made the noise.

Sound Words

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the sound it is trying to describe.

Sound Words

Think about the sound that each object makes. Write an onomatopoeia word on the line to describe each sound.

Animal Sounds

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds the same or similar to the sound it is trying to describe. Many onomatopoeia words describe the sounds that animals make. For each onomatopoeia word below, draw a picture of an animal that would make that sound.

The Sounds People Make

Write a sentence using each onomatopoeia word.

The Sounds of Destruction

An onomatopoeia is a word that sounds like the sound it is trying to describe. What might each sound below be describing? Write your answer in the box!

Rewrites

Rewrite each sentence below, adding onomatopoeia.

Da Words

Write an original sentence that includes and onomatopoeia in each box below.

Words that Describe Sound

Use the Word Bank to complete each sentence.

Subjects

Use the Word Bank to complete each sentence.

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.