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Onomatopoeia

What is onomatopoeia?

Simply put, onomatopoeia is when a word is made to sound like a sound. It can be this process of naming a sound with a word whose pronunciation sounds like that sound or it can refer to the word itself.

Onomatopoeia can be difficult to say (and spell). Despite the length of the word, the meaning is quite reasonable as it comes from the Greek onoma, meaning "name" and poiein, meaning "to make".

Here are a few examples of onomatopoeia:

moo, crash, bang, oink, splash, pow

There's a fly that keeps buzzing around my head.

I heard a clap of thunder earlier, so I knew I should grab my umbrella.

My cat meowed at me until I gave her some food.

Worksheet 1

Onomatopoeia might be the easiest type of figurative language for students to understand. Even younger students can identify it and use it. This worksheet is suitable for students in Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5.

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Worksheet 2

Onomatopoeia is a concept that students usually pick up quickly. Here is a slightly more advanced worksheet for older learners. This worksheet is suitable for students in Grade 5 to Grade 8. 

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